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Impacts of Walking Activity in Daily Life on Individual Health Improvement

Hyungun Sung 1

1한국교통연구원

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ABSTRACT

This study conducted multiple regression analyses for such health-level indicators as EQ-5D, EQ-VAS, experiences of chronic diseases in like and obesity in order to identify impacts of the amount of walking activities, which was done in the last week, on them. The analysis data were obtained from the nation-wide survey data for health and nutrition examination in 2005. To identify the pure impacts of walking, the study controled other explanatory variables in the analysis models, which are known as risk factors for health, including individual and household characteristics such as sex, age, occupation, marriage, smoking, stress, etc. The results indicate that walking activity in daily life itself has significantly positive impacts on individual health status as much as or even more than other physical activities such as high-and middle-intensity exercises. In addition, individual adults who a little more walked in the last week are more contributed to increasing their health status than people conducting much more extensive walking, as compared to adults with no walking. However, as the term of walking activity more increases, probability to be obese tends to more decrease. The analysis results imply that walking is very an important factor in the field of transport planning in influencing public health as well as relieving social costs resulting from inordinate dependence of automobile on travel.

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