Equitable access to exercise facilities

M Hillsdon, J Panter, C Foster, A Jones

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    Background Leisure-time physical activity patterns are low and socially patterned. Ecologic studies of the provision of exercise facilities indicate that in areas of deprivation, there is a trend toward reduced availability of exercise facilities compared with more affluent areas. Existing studies are restricted to single geographic areas or regions. In this study, national-level data were used to examine the relationship between neighborhood deprivation and the density of physical activity facilities in England. Methods A database of all indoor exercise facilities in England was obtained, and facilities were linked to administrative areas and assigned a deprivation score. Census data were used to calculate the density of physical activity facilities per 1000 people per quintile of deprivation. The exercise facilities data were collected in 2005, and the analysis was conducted in 2006. Results When all 5552 facilities were considered, there was a statistically significant negative relationship (p
    Translated title of the contributionEquitable access to exercise facilities
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)506 - 508
    Number of pages3
    JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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    Publisher: Elsevier

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