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Factors Predicting the Capacity of Los Angeles City-Region Recreation Programs to Promote Energy Expenditure

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July 2014

An audit of recreation programs with moderate or higher levels of physical activity (PA) in Los Angeles area cities (N=82) was conducted using internet, telephone, and survey methods. Metabolic Equivalents (METs) were used to code programs׳ physical activity intensity. MET-hours per recreation program was associated with required age for enrollment, percent of residents >64 years of age, and fiscal capacity of cities. Capacity to promote energy expenditure may depend on targeted age groups, age of population, and municipal fiscal capacity. Cities with lower fiscal capacity might offer those higher MET-hour activities which require less specialized equipment and seek outside funding to offer higher MET programs.

Diana Rudulph
Genevieve Dunton
Jennifer Thayer
Jennifer Wolch
Kim Reynolds
Michael Jerrett
Nicholas Dahmann
Pascale Joassart-Marcelli
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Urban Systems and Built Environment
fiscal capacity, METs, parks, physical activity, recreation
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Journal Article
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Reynolds, Kim D., Nicholas Dahmann, Jennifer R. Wolch, Pascale Joassart-Marcelli, Genevieve Dunton, Diana Rudulph, Joshua Newell, Jennifer Thayer, Michael and Jerrett. (2014) “Factors predicting the capacity of Los Angeles city-region recreation programs to promote energy expenditure.” Health and Place 28: 67-72.