Introducing urban vitality as a determinant of children's healthy mobility habits: a focus on activity engagement and physical activity

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Abstract

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this study we introduce urban vitality as a determining factor for both physical activity (PA) and activity engagement in children living in Barcelona's Metropolitan Region. We compare the physical outcomes of children living in vital and non-vital areas using mobility data taken from a travel survey. Chi-square, and association tests were used to compare the health outcomes of children living in vital and non-vital areas. Specifically, we measured for activity engagement, walking for transport, minutes of PA and adequacy to World Health Organization PA recommendations. Results are stratified by age and gender and reveal how living in a vital area can produce up to 54 minutes more of PA per week, with a difference of nearly 20% in the number of outdoor activities undertaken. Neighbourhood vitality promotes healthier mobility habits, as children living in buzzing areas tend to engage in more activities and spend more minutes walking for transport.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)656-669
JournalChildren's Geographies
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • children physical activity
  • children's mobility
  • health geography
  • neighbourhood effects
  • physical activity
  • travel survey

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