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Use of an Elevated Avenue for Leisure-Time Physical Activity by Adults from São Paulo Downtown, Brazil

Version 1 : Received: 4 February 2022 / Approved: 7 February 2022 / Online: 7 February 2022 (13:02:09 CET)

How to cite: Rodrigues, E.Q.; Garcia, L.M.T.; Ribeiro, E.H.C.; Barrozo, L.V.; Bernal, R.T.I.; Andrade, D.R.; Barbosa, J.P.D.A.S.; Nunes, A.P.D.O.B.; Fermino, R.C.; Florindo, A.A. Use of an Elevated Avenue for Leisure-Time Physical Activity by Adults from São Paulo Downtown, Brazil. Preprints 2022, 2022020088 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202202.0088.v1). Rodrigues, E.Q.; Garcia, L.M.T.; Ribeiro, E.H.C.; Barrozo, L.V.; Bernal, R.T.I.; Andrade, D.R.; Barbosa, J.P.D.A.S.; Nunes, A.P.D.O.B.; Fermino, R.C.; Florindo, A.A. Use of an Elevated Avenue for Leisure-Time Physical Activity by Adults from São Paulo Downtown, Brazil. Preprints 2022, 2022020088 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202202.0088.v1).

Abstract

Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is associated with access and use of public open spaces. The “President João Goulart Elevated Avenue” and current denominated “Minhocão” is a facility for leisure activities that are open for people during the night/weekends. The aim of this study was to examine if the prevalence of LTPA among individuals living in the surroundings of Minhocão is different according to proximity to, and use of, the facility. We conducted a cross-sectional study with cluster sampling with people aged ≥18 years who lived in households until 500m and between 501m to 1500m of Minhocão. The survey was conducted between December/2017 until March/2019 with an electronic questionnaire self-responded. We conducted bivariate analysis and Poisson regression to examine possible differences in LTPA according to the proximity of residences and use of Minhocão. The analysis used post-stratification weights. A total of 12,030 telephone numbers of people were drawn (≤500m = 6,942; and >500m to ≤1500m = 5,088). The final sample analyzed were of 235 residents who returned the questionnaires. There was a higher prevalence of individuals engaging in at least 150 minutes per week of LTPA among users than non-users (Prevalence Ratio=2.23, IC95%1.72-2.90). People who used the park had higher prevalence of all types of LTPA than non-users. The results can serve to inform government decision-making on the future of Minhocão.

Keywords

Public open spaces; Open streets; Built environment; Leisure-time physical activity; Epidemiology

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Sport Sciences & Therapy

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