The sociodemographics of land use planning: relationships to physical activity, accessibility, and equity.

Academic Article


  • Little is known about relationships between attributes of land use plans and sociodemographic variations in physical activity (PA). This study evaluates associations between policy-relevant plan attributes, sociodemographic factors, and PA in North Carolina. Results suggest that land use plans that included non-automobile transportation improvements and more comprehensive policies to guide development were positively associated with both leisure and transportation-related PA. However, residents of counties with lower-income levels and higher proportions of non-white residents were less likely to have attributes supportive of PA included in their plans. Implications for transdisciplinary collaboration with respect to reducing health disparities are discussed.
  • Authors

  • Aytur, Semra
  • Rodriguez, Daniel A
  • Evenson, Kelly R
  • Catellier, Diane J
  • Rosamond, Wayne D
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2008
  • Published In

  • Health and Place  Journal
  • Keywords

  • City Planning
  • Community Health Planning
  • Demography
  • Environment Design
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities
  • North Carolina
  • Population Surveillance
  • Social Class
  • Transportation
  • Walking
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17890137
  • Start Page

  • 367
  • End Page

  • 385
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 3