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Global Obesity Prevention Center

Impacts of a Walkable Community on Residents' Physical Activities

Project Lead: Xuemei Zhu, PhD




Impacts of Walkable MAPThis case study examined changes in residents’ physical activities (PA), social interactions, and neighborhood cohesion after they moved to a walkable community—Mueller in Austin, Texas. It also compared such changes across different sub-groups. 

A retrospective survey was administered to one adult in each participating household to collect pre- and post-move information about him/her and the oldest child in the family, if there was one.

Descriptive analysis was performed first and then paired t tests were used to examine pre-post differences. A total of 449 valid responses were received (response rate: 36.3%). 



After the move, Adults:

After the move, Children:


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