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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Ekologija ir aplinkotyra / Ecology and environmental sciences (N012)
Author(s): Gražulevičienė, Regina;Andrušaitytė, Sandra;Dėdelė, Audrius;Gražulevičius, Tomas;Valius, Leonas;Kapustinskienė, Violeta;Bendokienė, Inga
Title: Environmental quality perceptions and health: a cross-sectional study of citizens of Kaunas, Lithuania
Is part of: International journal of environmental research and public health. Basel : MDPI, 2020, vol. 17, iss. 12
Extent: p. 1-14
Date: 2020
Keywords: Miestiečiai;Gamtinė aplinka;Hipertenzija;Fizinis aktyvumas;Citizen science;Environmental health;Neighborhood perceptions;Hypertension;Physical activity
Abstract: The perception of urban environmental quality is an important contributor when identifyinglocal problems in sustainable development and environmental planning policy. This study examinedthe associations between environmental and social residential characteristics, physical activity,obesity, and hypertension in Kaunas city, Lithuania. This cross-sectional study analyzed 580 citizens’demographic-, socioeconomic-, health-, and lifestyle-related factors, environmental health concerns,and environmental quality perceptions. Using Geographic Information Systems and the multivariatelogistic regression, we found that the less physically active group more often presented lower thanmean ratings of the quality of pathways and cycling routes (32.9% and 45.6%,p=0.042) and onlyirregularly visited the natural environment. Obese participants presented poorer ratings of airpollution, the quality of pathways and cycling routes, their possibility to reach green spaces bywalking, and the available relaxing areas. The environmental issues associated with hypertensionwere poor possibilities to reach green spaces by walking (OR 1.94, 95% CI 1.14–3.32) and the availabilityof relaxation areas (OR 2.30, 95% 1.34–3.95). The quality of the neighborhood and individual-levelcharacteristics were the factors that influenced a higher prevalence of health problems at the districtlevel. Our findings suggest that a public health policy to improve the physical and social environmentof the neighborhood would have a potential to increase citizens’ physical activity and health
Affiliation(s): Aplinkotyros katedra
Kauno miesto savivaldybės administracija
Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:1. Straipsniai / Articles
Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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