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More Active Living-oriented County and Municipal Zoning is Associated with Increased Adult Leisure Time Physical Activity—United States, 2011

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posted on 29.08.2016, 00:00 authored by JF Chriqui, LM Nicholson, E Thrun, J Leider, SJ Slater
Although zoning is recognized for its role in facilitating healthy communities, no study has examined whether active living-oriented zoning codes are associated with adult leisure time physical activity (PA). This study sought to fill this gap and hypothesized that adult leisure time PA would be greater in communities with more progressive zoning code reforms and more active living-oriented zoning. Zoning codes for 1,617 county and municipal jurisdictions located in 30 states (covering ~40% of the U.S. population) were evaluated for code reform zoning and 11 active living markers. County-aggregated zoning measures were created for linking with five adult PA behaviors obtained from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System controlling for individual and county sociodemographics. Zoning elements most associated with adult PA included requirements for mixed use, active and passive recreation, bike parking/street furniture, and bike-pedestrian trails/paths. This study provides new insights as to the role that zoning can play in facilitating adult PA.


Funding for this study was provided by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under grant number R01CA158035 and by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) UL1RR029879.


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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environment and Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Environment and Behavior. 2016. 48(1): 111-130. doi: 10.1177/0013916515611175.


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