Neighborhood environment and physical activity among Urban and Rural Schoolchildren in Taiwan

Huang Sheu-jen*, Hung Wen-chi, A. Sharpe Patricia, P. Wai Jackson


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The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of perceived neighborhood environment on physical activity among schoolchildren in urban and rural areas in Taiwan. Five hundred and twenty three children of grades five and six selected from ten primary schools in urban and rural areas participated in the study. A modified International Physical Activity questionnaire short form was used to estimate the children's physical activity level. A Chinese translation of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale assessed environmental attributes. Data analysis included descriptive statistics and analysis of variance and multiple regression models. No significant difference in walkability was found between the urban and rural areas. There was a difference in accessibility to places for physical activity between urban and rural areas, with urban children reporting greater accessibility. The urban children reported more physical activity after school, on holidays and weekends, and also in total amount of physical activity compared with the rural children. In conclusion, accessibility to facilities had a significant impact on the children's physical activity.

頁(從 - 到)470-476
期刊Health and Place
出版狀態已發佈 - 2010 5月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 健康(社會科學)
  • 社會學與政治學
  • 生命週期和生命歷程研究


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