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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00356

Dover Micro Open Street Events: Evaluation Results andImplications for Community-Based Physical Activity Programming

  • 1College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware, United States
  • 2Other, United States
  • 3University of Delaware, United States

Background: Open Streets events provide opportunities for residents to be active.
Methods: The current program developed and implemented five smaller scale, Micro Open Streets Events (MOSE) in Dover, DE that provided a range of opportunities for physical activity over a <0.5 miles stretch of closed road. Our objective was to evaluate the capacity of this approach to reach residents and improve knowledge and intention to engage in physical activity once the event was over. We used individual surveys, observational, and neighborhood audit factors to assess MOSE participation and conduciveness to physical activity.
Results: Our results showed that MOSE attendance ranged from 40-500 adults from a high-risk demographic (i.e., non-Caucasian, middle-age, overweight), who demonstrated a strong liking of the MOSE and increased knowledge of, and intention to engage in physical activity following the event.
Conclusions: Our data suggest that where a full-scale Open Streets event is not feasible, a MOSE may be a viable alternative.

Keywords: physical activity, Open Streets, Community based participatory action research, built environment, community capacity

Received: 14 Aug 2019; Accepted: 07 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Suminski JR, Jackson-Short, Duckworth, Plautz, Speakman, Landgraf and Patterson. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Freda Patterson, University of Delaware, Newark, United States, fredap@udel.edu