Background There has been increasing interest in whether the built environmentinfluences health behaviours, but robust longitudinal evidence is limited. We assessed the effect of moving into East Village (the former London 2012 Olympic Games Athletes Village), a neighbourhood built on active design principles, on levels of physical activity (PA) and adiposity among adults.
Methods A cohort of 1278 adults (16+) seeking to move into social, intermediate (a mixture of shared ownership, shared equity, affordable rent), and market-rent East Village accommodation were recruited in 2013–2015, and followed up after two years. Objective measures of PA using accelerometry (ActiGraph GT3X+), body mass index (BMI) and bioelectrical impedance (fat mass %) were made. We examined change in levels of PA and adiposity, using multilevel models adjusting for sex, age group, ethnicity, housing sector (fixed effects) and household (random effect), comparing those who moved to East Village (intervention group) with those who lived outside East Village (control group). Effects by housing sector and weekdays versus weekends for PA were also examined.
Results 877 adults (69%) were followed-up, half had moved to East Village. Moving to East Village was associated with a small increase in daily steps (151, 95% CI −233, 534), more so in the intermediate sector (399, 95% CI −211, 1009) than in the social and market-rent sectors, but effects were not statistically significant. There were no differences in time spent in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) or any appreciable weekday versus weekend effects. There was no evidence of differences in time spent in light PA or sedentary time both overall and by housing sector with the exception of the market-rent group in whom moving to East Village was associated with a decrease in light PA (−13.0 mins, 95% CI −24.7,–1.2 mins). There were no effects of moving to East Village on BMI or fat mass% overall or by housing sector.
Conclusion At two-year follow-up, moving to East Village, a neighbourhood designed for healthy active living, did not have beneficial, consistent effects on objectively measured physical activity or adiposity of public health importance.
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