Does neighborhood walkability moderate the effects of intrapersonal characteristics on amount of walking in post-menopausal women?

Cynthia K. Perry, Jerald R. Herting, Ethan M. Berke, Huong Q. Nguyen, Anne Vernez Moudon, Shirley A.A. Beresford, Judith K. Ockene, Jo Ann E. Manson, Andrea Z. LaCroix

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Abstract

This study identifies factors associated with walking among postmenopausal women and tests whether neighborhood walkability moderates the influence of intrapersonal factors on walking. We used data from the Women's Health Initiative Seattle Center and linear regression models to estimate associations and interactions. Being white and healthy, having a high school education or beyond and greater non-walking exercise were significantly associated with more walking. Neighborhood walkability was not independently associated with greater walking, nor did it moderate influence of intrapersonal factors on walking. Specifying types of walking (e.g., for transportation) can elucidate the relationships among intrapersonal factors, the built environment, and walking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalHealth and Place
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Built environment
  • Postmenopausal women
  • Walkability
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    Perry, C. K., Herting, J. R., Berke, E. M., Nguyen, H. Q., Vernez Moudon, A., Beresford, S. A. A., Ockene, J. K., Manson, J. A. E., & LaCroix, A. Z. (2013). Does neighborhood walkability moderate the effects of intrapersonal characteristics on amount of walking in post-menopausal women? Health and Place, 21, 39-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.12.007