Use of an Elevated Avenue for Leisure-Time Physical Activity by Adults from Downtown São Paulo, Brazil

Eduardo Quieroti Rodrigues*, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia, Evelyn Helena Corgosinho Ribeiro, Ligia Vizeu Barrozo, Regina Tomie Ivata Bernal, Douglas Roque Andrade, João Paulo dos Anjos Souza Barbosa, Ana Paula de Oliveira Barbosa Nunes, Rogério César Fermino, Alex Antonio Florindo

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Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is associated with access and use of public open spaces. The President João Goulart Elevated Avenue, currently denominated Minhocão, is a facility for leisure activities that is open for people during the night and weekends. The aim of this study was to examine if the prevalence of LTPA among individuals living in the surroundings of Minhocão is different according to proximity to, and use of, the facility. We conducted a cross-sectional study with cluster sampling with people aged 18 years or more who lived in households up to 500 m, and between 501 m and 1500 m of Minhocão. The survey was conducted between December 2017 and March 2019 using an electronic questionnaire. We conducted a bivariate analysis and Poisson regression to examine possible differences in LTPA according to the proximity of residences and use of Minhocão. The analysis used post-stratification weights. A total of 12,030 telephone numbers of people were drawn (up to 500 m = 6942; and >500 m to up to 1500 m = 5088). The final sample included 235 residents
who returned the questionnaires. There was a higher prevalence of individuals engaging in at least 150 min per week of LTPA among users than non-users (Prevalence Ratio = 2.19, IC95% 1.66 to 2.90), independently of sex, age, education, the distance of houses to nearest accesses and number of barriers. The main five barriers related to the usage of the Minhocão were safety issues in and around the Minhocão, rainy weather, lack of vegetation, and lack of facilities. People who used the park had higher prevalence of all types of LTPA than non-users. The results can serve to inform government decision-making on the future of Minhocão.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5581
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 04 May 2022


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