Activity space environment and dietary and physical activity behaviors: A pilot study

Shannon N. Zenk, Amy J. Schulz, Stephen A. Matthews, Angela Odoms-Young, Jo Ellen Wilbur, Lani Wegrzyn, Kevin Gibbs, Carol Braunschweig, Carmen Stokes

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This study examined relationships among individual demographics, environmental features (e.g., fast food outlet density, park land use) of residential neighborhoods and activity spaces, and weight-related behaviors (diet, physical activity). Participants' movement was tracked for 7 days using global positioning systems (GPS). Two activity space measures (one standard deviation ellipse, daily path area) were derived from the GPS data. Activity spaces were generally larger than residential neighborhoods; environmental features of residential neighborhoods and activity spaces were weakly associated; and some activity space environmental features were related to dietary behaviors. Activity spaces may provide new insights into environmental influences on obesity-related behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1150-1161
Number of pages12
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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