Neighborhood built environment impacts park use of diverse, low-income mothers and their children


crime, parents, physical activity, race, walkability, youth

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Mullenbach, L., Larson, L., Floyd, M., Marquet, O., Huang, J.-H., Alberico, C., & Hipp, A. (2021). Neighborhood built environment impacts park use of diverse, low-income mothers and their children. Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living, 1(3), 108–120.


Built environment features, including parks, often exacerbate health disparities. We examined built environment perceptions and park use among a population at high risk for physical health outcomes: racially diverse, low-income mothers across the United States. Perceived safety from crime and living near a park were associated with more frequent park use for mothers and their children, and neighborhood walkability was linked to longer park visits. However, only 40% of mothers lived within a ten-minute walk from a park, and perceptions of walkability and safety from crime were low. To enhance physical activity and health of low-income mothers and their children, investments are needed to close disparities in park access and improve neighborhood safety.


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