Individual and environmental factors associated with park and plaza use in adults from Curitiba, Brazil.

Rogério César Fermino, Rodrigo Siqueira Reis, Ana Carina Cassou

Abstract


The aim of this study was to identify individual and environmental factors associated with park and plaza use in adults from Curitiba, state of Paraná, Brazil. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2008 with 749 participants (59.9% men) selected in areas for physical activity (PA) in four parks and four plazas. Poisson regression was used to examine the associations of sociodemographic (sex, age, education) and health (body mass index, perceived health) variables, company for park/plaza use, access (perception of distance, access and commuting to the places), and leisure time PA (walking and moderate/ vigorous PA - MVPA) with frequent use of parks and plazas (≥1 time/wk). The percentage of park and plaza use was 68%, and company (PR: 0.74; CI95%: 0.62-0.89) and higher levels of walking (PR: 1.30; CI95%: 1.03-1.64) and MVPA (PR: 1.39, CI95%: 1.07-1.80) were asso­ciated with the use of the places. These results can be used to guide interventions aimed at providing services and facilities for PA practice in parks and plazas.


Keywords


Green areas; Motor activity. Epidemiological studies; Health promotion



DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2012v14n4p377

The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.