Neighbourhood walkability and physical activity among family members of people with heart disease who participated in a randomized controlled trial of a behavioural risk reduction intervention

Health Place. 2013 May;21:148-55. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.01.010. Epub 2013 Feb 4.


This study adds to the current literature investigating the relationship between individuals' physical activity (PA) and the built environment. Self-reported PA from a prospective behavioural risk reduction intervention was explored in the context of objectively measured Walk Score(®) and neighbourhood walkability in Ottawa, Canada. Participants in the intervention arm had significantly higher odds of meeting PA guidelines at 12-weeks compared to the standard care control group. This was not influenced by Walk Score(®) or walkability. This individual-level intervention was effective in assisting participants to overcome potential structural barriers presented by their neighbourhood to meet PA guidelines at 12-weeks.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Environment Design* / statistics & numerical data
  • Exercise*
  • Family
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Heart Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity
  • Ontario
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Walking* / statistics & numerical data