|Title||Patterns of neighborhood environment attributes in relation to children's physical activity|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Kurka, JM, Adams, MA, Todd, M, Colburn, T, Sallis, JF, Cain, KL, Glanz, K, Frank, LD, Saelens, BE|
|Journal||Health & place|
|Keywords||Accelerometer, Built environment, exercise, Latent profile analysis|
Characterizing neighborhood environments in relation to physical activity is complex. Latent profiles of parents’ perceptions of neighborhood characteristics were examined in relation to accelerometer-measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among 678 children (ages 6–12) in two US regions. Neighborhood environment profiles derived from walkability, transit access, aesthetics, crime and traffic safety, pedestrian infrastructure, and recreation/park access were created for each region. The San Diego County profile lowest on walkability and recreation/park access was associated with an average of 13 fewer min/day of children's out-of-school MVPA compared to profiles higher on walkability and recreation/park access. Seattle/King County profiles did not differ on children's MVPA. Neighborhood environment profiles were associated with children's MVPA in one region, but results were inconsistent across regions.