Several studies show that urban forms are environmental correlates of physical activity. Most of these studies used data based on questionnaires while only a few used geographic information systems (GIS) to objectively assess urban forms. Based on GIS data, we applied a kernel density method to measure urban forms and combined these measures to a moveability index to assess the opportunities for physical activity in the German intervention region of the IDEFICS study. In this proof-of-principal analysis, we linked the moveability index with physical activity data obtained from the baseline survey of the IDEFICS study. Regression analyses revealed a modest but significant impact of the built environment on the physical activity of 596 school children in the study region, supporting the potential application of the moveability index.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Health & Place|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2011|
- Built environment
- Geographic information system
- Physical activity
Buck, C., Pohlabeln, H., Huybrechts, I., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Pitsiladis, Y., Reisch, L., & Pigeot, I. (2011). Development and application of a moveability index to quantify possibilities for physical activity in the built environment of children. Health & Place, 17(6), 1191-1201.