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The perception of the neighborhood environment changes after participation in a pedometer based community intervention

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Background: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the perception of the neighbourhood environment alters when changing the physical activity behaviour through a pedometer intervention. Findings: The intervention was implemented for 15 weeks in a small village in Germany, and was based on the individual baseline activity level. Eighty-two inhabitants participated in the study and completed an environmental questionnaire before and after the intervention. Results showed that after the intervention the participants perceived a lower distance to local facilities, a higher availability of bike lanes and infrastructures, a better maintenance of infrastructure, a better network and a safer traffic situation. Conclusion: This suggests that a change in the levels of physical activity merges the levels of exposure to the environment which results in different environmental perceptions.
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3000 steps more per day, Physical activity, Health behaviour, Environmental questionnaire, QUESTIONNAIRE, ADULTS, 000 STEPS, 10, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, BUILT ENVIRONMENT

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Wallmann, Birgit, Heleen Spittaels, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, and Ingo Froboese. 2012. “The Perception of the Neighborhood Environment Changes After Participation in a Pedometer Based Community Intervention.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 9.
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Wallmann, B., Spittaels, H., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., & Froboese, I. (2012). The perception of the neighborhood environment changes after participation in a pedometer based community intervention. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 9.
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Wallmann B, Spittaels H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Froboese I. The perception of the neighborhood environment changes after participation in a pedometer based community intervention. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. 2012;9.
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Wallmann, Birgit, Heleen Spittaels, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, et al. “The Perception of the Neighborhood Environment Changes After Participation in a Pedometer Based Community Intervention.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 9 (2012): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Background: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the perception of the neighbourhood environment alters when changing the physical activity behaviour through a pedometer intervention. 
Findings: The intervention was implemented for 15 weeks in a small village in Germany, and was based on the individual baseline activity level. Eighty-two inhabitants participated in the study and completed an environmental questionnaire before and after the intervention. Results showed that after the intervention the participants perceived a lower distance to local facilities, a higher availability of bike lanes and infrastructures, a better maintenance of infrastructure, a better network and a safer traffic situation. 
Conclusion: This suggests that a change in the levels of physical activity merges the levels of exposure to the environment which results in different environmental perceptions.},
  articleno    = {33},
  author       = {Wallmann, Birgit and Spittaels, Heleen and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse and Froboese, Ingo},
  issn         = {1479-5868},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY},
  keyword      = {3000 steps more per day,Physical activity,Health behaviour,Environmental questionnaire,QUESTIONNAIRE,ADULTS,000 STEPS,10,PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY,BUILT ENVIRONMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {6},
  title        = {The perception of the neighborhood environment changes after participation in a pedometer based community intervention},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-9-33},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2012},
}

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