Walk score® and its associations with older adults’ health behaviors and outcomes

Yung Liao, Chien Yu Lin, Ting Fu Lai, Yen Ju Chen, Bohyeon Kim, Jong Hwan Park

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the associations between Walk Score® and lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes in older Taiwanese adults. A nationwide survey was conducted through telephone-based interviews with older adults (65 years and older) in Taiwan. Data on Walk Score®, lifestyle behaviors (physical activity, sedentary behavior, healthy eating behavior, alcohol use, and smoking status), health outcomes (overweight/obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease), and personal characteristics were obtained from 1052 respondents. A binary logistic regression adjusting for potential confounders was employed. None of the Walk Score® categories were related to the recommended levels of total physical activity. The categories “very walkable” and “walker’s paradise” were positively related to total sedentary time and TV viewing among older adults. No significant associations were found between Walk Score® and other lifestyle health behaviors or health outcomes. While Walk Score® was not associated with recommended levels of physical activity, it was positively related to prolonged sedentary time in the context of a non-Western country. The different associations between the walk score and health lifestyle behaviors and health outcomes in different contexts should be noted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number622
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 2

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Health Behavior
Life Style
Health
Exercise
Walkers
Feeding Behavior
Taiwan
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Health Status
Cardiovascular Diseases
Obesity
Logistic Models
Smoking
Alcohols
Interviews
Hypertension
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Chronic diseases
  • Neighborhood
  • Older adult
  • Walkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Walk score® and its associations with older adults’ health behaviors and outcomes. / Liao, Yung; Lin, Chien Yu; Lai, Ting Fu; Chen, Yen Ju; Kim, Bohyeon; Park, Jong Hwan.

In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 16, No. 4, 622, 02.02.2019.

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Liao, Yung ; Lin, Chien Yu ; Lai, Ting Fu ; Chen, Yen Ju ; Kim, Bohyeon ; Park, Jong Hwan. / Walk score® and its associations with older adults’ health behaviors and outcomes. In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019 ; Vol. 16, No. 4.
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