Building Community: Stakeholder Perspectives on Walking in Malls and Other Venues
Mall walking has been a popular physical activity for decades. However, little is known about why mall managers support these programs or why adults choose to walk. Our study aim was to describe mall walking programs from the perspectives of walkers, managers, and leaders. Twenty-eight walkers, 16 walking program managers, and six walking program leaders from five states participated in a telephone or in-person semi-structured interview (N = 50). Interview guides were developed using a social-ecological model. Interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed thematically. All informants indicated satisfaction with their program and environmental features. Differences in expectations were noted in that walkers wanted a safe, clean, and social place whereas managers and leaders felt a need to provide programmatic features.
Belza B, Miyawaki C, Allen P, King D, Marquez DX, Jones DL, Janicek S, Rosenberg D, Brown D. Building Community: Stakeholder Perspectives on Walking in Malls and Other Venues. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2017 Oct 1;25(4):510-524. doi: 10.1123/japa.2016-0018. Epub 2017 Oct 3