Planning for health: A community-based spatial analysis of park availability and chronic disease across the lifespan

Gina M. Besenyi, Andrew T. Kaczynski, Sonja A.Wilhelm Stanis, Ryan D. Bergstrom, Joseph S. Lightner, J. Aaron Hipp

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the spatial relationship between park availability and chronic health conditions (CHCs) across age groups in Kansas City, MO. Multinomial logistic regression examined the association between having a park within one-half mile from home and the likelihood of having 0, 1, or 2 or more CHCs. Among respondents aged 40-59, those without a park within one-half mile from home were more than twice as likely to have 2 or more CHCs compared to respondents that had a park nearby. Parks may be an important protective factor for chronic diseases, especially among middle-aged adults among whom access to neighborhood recreational environments may be particularly important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalHealth and Place
Volume27
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Chronic disease
  • GIS
  • Parks
  • Recreation

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