Being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health, yet, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, neighborhood conditions, such as access to shoulders or sidewalks and perceived safety, can influence the physical activity levels of residents.
The KHIP, funded in part by the Foundation For A Healthy Kentucky, asked questions about neighborhood features and physical activity.
Half of KHIP respondents said their neighborhood was an "excellent" or "very good" place to walk, jog or bike.
The poll found that adults who report their neighborhood as an "excellent" or "very good" place to walk, bike or jog are more likely to report being very or somewhat physically active (77%) than adults who report their neighborhood conditions as fair or poor (71%).
When it came to rating the condition of sidewalks and shoulders in neighborhoods, responses were less favorable with fewer than 3 in 10 of those polled rating their sidewalks as "excellent" or "very good".
KHIP found that responses varied by region. Northern Kentucky adults were the most likely to report having excellent or very good sidewalks/shoulders (47%) while adults in Eastern Kentucky were the least likely to report excellent or very good sidewalks/shoulders (12%).
Income level relative to the Federal Poverty Level also seemed to correlate with the conditions of neighborhoods and physical activity, according to the KHIP.
For more information on the KHIP and the Foundation For A Healthy Kentucky, you can visit www.healthy-ky.org.