High Point Walking for Health: Creating Built and Social Environments That Support Walking in a Public Housing Community

This article reports on a study that created and evaluated multiple interventions to increase walking activity at a multicultural public housing site in Seattle, Washington. The authors established community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership and community action teams that assessed assets and barriers related to walking and then developed multiple interventions to promote walking activity. Interventions included sponsoring walking groups, improving walking routes, providing information about walking options, and advocating for pedestrian safety. A pre–post study design was used to assess the changes in walking activity. Their results showed that self-reported walking activity increased among walking group participants from 65 to 109 minutes per day. The proportion that reported being at least moderately active for at least 150 minutes per week increased from 62% to 81%. The authors conclude that this CBPR project which was aimed at increasing physical activity among low-income, culturally diverse public housing residents, succeeded in increasing walking activity. The walking groups continue to meet more than 18 months after the original grant funds that supported their initial development were discontinued. The authors stress that the use of CBPR methods enhanced the project. Notably, inclusion of partners and residents in the design, development, and implementation of the interventions allowed the project to build on strengths and resources within the community.

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  • Authors:
    • Krieger, James
    • Rabkin, Janice
    • Sharify, Denise
    • Song, Lin
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01149236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 24 2010 8:23AM