Associations of older Taiwanese adults’ personal attributes and perceptions of the neighborhood environment concerning walking for recreation and transportation

Yung Liao, Pin Hsuan Huang, Chih Yu Hsiang, Jing Huei Huang, Ming Chun Hsueh, Jong Hwan Park

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This study examines the cross-sectional associations between personal and perceived neighborhood environment attributes regarding walking for recreation and transportation among older Taiwanese adults. Data related to personal factors, perceived environmental factors, and time spent engaging in transportation-related and recreational walking were obtained from 1032 older adults aged 65 years and above. The data were analyzed by carrying out an adjusted binary logistic regression. After adjusting for potential confounders, two commonly perceived environmental factors, the presence of sidewalks (PS) and the presence of a destination (PD), were positively associated with 150 min of walking for recreation. Different personal and perceived environmental factors were associated with walking for recreation and transportation. These findings suggest that policy-makers and physical activity intervention designers should develop both common and individual environmental strategies in order to improve and increase awareness of the neighborhood environment to promote recreational and transportation walking behaviors among older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1594
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 18



  • Perceived environment
  • Physical activity
  • Taiwan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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