Sedentary lifestyles are a contributor to obesity and urban adolescents are less physically active than rural adolescents. Supportive physical activity environments, understood as the geography, observations, and perceptions of features such as recreational facilities, sidewalks, bike lanes, traffic patterns, etc., have been positively associated with adolescent physical activity behaviors within urban settings. As part of a Socio-Ecological intervention to improve physical activity behavior, the Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA), the Active Neighborhood Checklist (ANC), and focus groups were used to assess the physical activity influences within an urban middle school and surrounding community. The assessments suggested that lack of parks, lack of walkability in the streets, perceptions of crime, lack of school programs, parental and peer influences were barriers to physical activity opportunities. The ANC, PARA, and focus groups each added valuable information for program planning to improve adolescent physical activity behavior.
Journal of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Remley, Daniel; Zies, Susan; Stefura, Beth; Leone, Ryan; Kattelmann, Kendra; and Kidd, Tandalayo, "Assessing Physical Activity Determinants in Urban Settings: Comparison of Perceptions and Environmental Audit Findings" (2016). Health and Nutritional Sciences Faculty Publications. 228.