The relationship between leisure, walking, and transportation activity with the natural environment

Aileen P. McGinn, Kelly R. Evenson, Amy H. Herring, Sara L. Huston

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The purpose of this study was to quantify the agreement between perceived and objective measures of the natural environment and to assess their associations with physical activity. Perception of the natural environment was obtained through survey data. Objective measures of weather and hills were created using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). When objective measures were compared to respondent's perceptions little agreement was found. Objective measures were not associated with any physical activity outcomes; however, several associations were seen between perceived measures and physical activity. These results indicate that researchers should consider perceptions of the natural environment when developing physical activity interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-602
Number of pages15
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007



  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Natural environment
  • Perceived measures
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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