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Table 4 Adult-perceived Availability, Barriers, and Utilization of Physical Activity Resources at baseline (N = 313)

From: Design and evaluation of a coalition-led obesity initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in low-income, ethnically diverse communities: the Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin initiative

Question Totala (n = 313) Interventiona (n = 150) Controla (n = 163) p-valueb
Perceived Availability of PA Resources
Does your neighborhood have free or low-cost public recreation facilities?
 No 44 (14.3) 16 (11.0) 28 (17.3)  
 Yes 212 (69.1) 102 (70.3) 110 (67.9)  
 Don’t know 51 (16.6) 27 (18.2) 24 (14.8) 0.24
Does your neighborhood have enough free or low-cost public programs for physical activity?
 No 74 (24.4) 29 (20.4) 45 (28.0)  
 Yes 92 (30.4) 42 (29.6) 50 (31.1)  
 Don’t know 137 (45.2) 71 (50.0) 66 (41.0) 0.21
Does your neighborhood have playgrounds that are of good quality and safe?
 No 67 (22.0) 32 (22.2) 35 (21.9)  
 Yes 197 (64.8) 89 (61.8) 108 (67.5)  
 Don’t know 40 (13.2) 23 (16.0) 17 (10.6) 0.36
Is there a place to get drinking water when you are outside?
 No 154 (50.2) 84 (58.3) 70 (42.9)  
 Yes 95 (30.9) 30 (20.8) 65 (39.9)  
 Don’t know 58 (18.9) 30 (20.8) 28 (17.2) < 0.001
Barriers to PA Resources
 % reporting that distance to facilities is a barrier to physical activity 23 (19.0) 8 (14.8) 15 (22.4) 0.19
 % reporting that poor quality facilities is a barrier to physical activity 22 (18.2) 12 (22.2) 10 (14.9) 0.52
 % reporting that safety of facilities is a barrier to physical activity 24 (19.8) 11 (20.4) 13 (19.4) 0.83
 % reporting at least one barrier to physical activity 52 (43.0) 23 (42.6) 29 (43.3) 0.56
Utilization of PA Resources
In the past 6 months, how often have you used the recreation center in your neighborhood for physical activity?
 Less than once a month 141 (48.8) 70 (50.0) 71 (47.7)  
 1–2 times a month 25 (8.7) 17 (12.1) 8 (5.4)  
 1–2 times a week 70 (24.2) 32 (22.9) 38 (25.5)  
 3 or more times a week 53 (18.3) 21 (15.0) 32 (21.5) 0.12
In the past 6 months, how often have you used the neighborhood trails or streets for walking?
 Less than once a month 76 (25.5) 39 (27.9) 37 (23.4)  
 1–2 times a month 29 (9.7) 17 (12.1) 12 (7.6)  
 1–2 times a week 88 (29.5) 41 (30.0) 46 (29.1)  
 3 or more times a week 105 (35.2) 42 (30.2) 63 (39.9) 0.24
In the past year, how often have you used the parks in your neighborhood for physical activity?
 Less than once a month 84 (27.8) 46 (32.2) 38 (23.9)  
 1–2 times a month 33 (10.9) 21 (14.7) 12 (7.5)  
 1–2 times a week 107 (35.4) 44 (30.8) 63 (39.6)  
 3 or more times a week 78 (25.8) 32 (22.4) 46 (28.9) 0.04
In the past 6 months, how often have you used the playgrounds in your neighborhood?
 Less than once a month 61 (20.3) 28 (19.7) 33 (20.8)  
 1–2 times a month 44 (14.6) 32 (2.5) 12 (7.5)  
 1–2 times a week 107 (35.4) 51 (35.9) 56 (35.2)  
 3 or more times a week 89 (29.6) 31 (21.8) 58 (36.5) 0.001
  1. a. Totals for individual variables are less than group totals due to missing values; percentages do not always add up to 100 due to rounding errors
  2. b. p-values for χ2 tests, α = 0.05