Neighborhoods Play Key Role in How Much People Exercise

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The neighborhoods people live in can help inspire — or discourage — their residents to exercise and keep physically active, new research from Ohio State University suggests. The study looked at levels of exercise among 8,782 residents of 373 neighborhoods in Chicago. The study combined statistics from three data sources from the 1990s: the Metropolitan Chicago Information Center Metro Survey, the 1990 U.S. Census and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods Survey.

  • Residents of neighborhoods with higher levels of poverty, lower education and more female-headed families are less likely than others to exercise.
  • Neighborhood context was more important for women than for men in determining how much they exercised.

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