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Promoting Exercise in Urban Area: Importance of Green Space and Facility Accessibility

Version 1 : Received: 19 March 2019 / Approved: 20 March 2019 / Online: 20 March 2019 (10:46:23 CET)

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Yuen, J.W.M.; Chang, K.K.P.; Wong, F.K.Y.; Wong, F.Y.; Siu, J.Y.M.; Ho, H.C.; Wong, M.S.; Ho, J.Y.S.; Chan, K.L.; Yang, L. Influence of Urban Green Space and Facility Accessibility on Exercise and Healthy Diet in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1514. Yuen, J.W.M.; Chang, K.K.P.; Wong, F.K.Y.; Wong, F.Y.; Siu, J.Y.M.; Ho, H.C.; Wong, M.S.; Ho, J.Y.S.; Chan, K.L.; Yang, L. Influence of Urban Green Space and Facility Accessibility on Exercise and Healthy Diet in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1514.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1514
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16091514

Abstract

1) Background: A population-based cross-sectional study was conducted to understand how green cover and accessibility of common public open spaces in compact urban areas affect physical activeness of resident. 2) Methods: A total of 554 residents completed a structured questionnaire on quality-of-life, physical activity level, and healthy eating practice. 3) Results: The sampled population lived with green cover averaged 10.11 ± 7.95% (ranged 1.56–9.88), whereas majority (90%) of the residents performed physical activities at medium and high levels. Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET)-minutes/week was associated with the green cover percentage (Pearson r = 0.092; p < 0.05). Irrespective of age and physical activity level, active residents commonly used public open spaces within district for performing exercise, especially parks and promenade were mostly used by older residents while sports facilities by the younger groups. 4) Conclusions: Current findings suggested promotion of exercise could be achieved by the design or redesign of built environment to include more parks accessible to the residents with the increase of vegetation.

Subject Areas

physical activity; exercise; green cover; open space; Metabolic Equivalent of Task; International Physical Activity Questionnaire; health promotion

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