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Journal of Physical Activity & Health

Daniel Berglind, Lena Hansson, Per Tynelius, Finn Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Levels of physical activity (PA) affect health already at four years of age. The aims of this study were to describe levels and patterns of PA and sedentary time (ST) in a sample of four-year-old Swedish children and to assess the number of children achieving PA guidelines throughout the week. METHODS: Data from 540 four-year old children enrolled in the population-based PRIMROSE trial was used. PA was measured for a period of one week by the Actigraph GT3X+ accelerometer...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Rafael Monge-Rojas, Tamara Fuster-Baraona, Carlos Garita-Arce, Marta Sánchez-López, Uriyoán Colon-Ramos, Vanessa Smith-Castro
BACKGROUND: In Latin America, more than 80% of adolescent girls are physically inactive. Inactivity may be reinforced by female stereotypes and objectification in the Latin American sociocultural context. METHODS: We examined the influence of objectification on the adoption of an active lifestyle among 192 adolescents (14 -17 y/old) from urban and rural areas in Costa Rica. Analyses of 48 focus-groups sessions were grounded in Objectification Theory. RESULTS: Vigorous exercises were gender-typed as masculine while girls had to maintain an aesthetic appearance at all times...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Anna E Greer, Brianna Castrogivanni, Richard Marcello
BACKGROUND: Limited research has examined park use and physical activity among economically and ethnically diverse families. This study fills that gap. METHODS: Parents (n=326) completed a questionnaire about their park use (yes/no, parks visited, reasons for non-use) and physical activity (Godin Leisure Time questionnaire). Geographical Information Systems was used to calculate the distance from respondents' home address to their nearest park. The number of activity features (e...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Stephanie Truelove, Leigh M Vanderloo, Patricia Tucker
BACKGROUND: Many young children are not meeting the Canadian physical activity guidelines. In an effort to change this, the term "active play" has been used to promote increased physical activity levels. Within this young cohort, physical activity is typically achieved in the form of active play behaviour. The current study aimed to review and synthesize the literature to identify key concepts used to define and describe active play among young children. A secondary objective was to explore the various methods adopted for measuring active play...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Joanna Kostka, Tomasz Kostka, Ewa Borowiak
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to assess the physical activity (PA) and its determinants of older people living in the three different environments. METHODS: Three equal (n=693 each) groups of individuals aged ≥65 years living in urban, rural and institutional environments took part in this study. PA was measured by the Seven-Day Recall PA Questionnaire (energy expenditure - PA-EE) and the Stanford Usual Activity Questionnaire (health-related behaviors - PA-HRB)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Lisa Groshong, Sonja A Wilhelm Stanis, Andrew T Kaczynski, J Aaron Hipp, Gina M Besenvi
BACKGROUND: Public parks hold promise for promoting population-level PA, but studies show a significant portion of park use is sedentary. Past research has documented the effectiveness of message-based strategies for influencing diverse behaviors in park settings and for increasing PA in non-park contexts. Therefore, to inform message-based interventions (e.g., point-of-decision prompts) to increase park-based PA, the purpose of this study was to elicit insights about key attitudes, perceived norms, and personal agency that affect park use and park-based PA in low-income urban neighborhoods...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Darla E Kendzor, Marlyn Allicock, Michael S Businelle, Lona F Sandon, Kelley Pettee Gabriel, Summer G Frank
BACKGROUND: The current study evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of a diet and physical activity intervention for homeless adults. METHODS: Shelter residents (N = 32) were randomly assigned to a 4-week diet and physical activity intervention (n = 17) or an assessment-only control group (n = 15). Intervention participants received tailored educational newsletters, pedometers with step goals, and twice daily fruit/vegetable snacks. Key measures included 24-hour dietary recall interviews and accelerometer-measured moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Meghan K Edwards, Paul D Loprinzi
OBJECTIVE: Examine the independent association of sedentary behavior and cognitive function in older adults, as well as whether or not physical activity attenuates this potential association. METHODS: Data from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used (N=2,472 adults 60-85 yrs). Sedentary behavior was subjectively assessed and the Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST) was employed to assess cognitive function. RESULTS: Among an unadjusted and an adjusted model not accounting for physical activity, only 5+ hrs/day (vs...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Bruna C Turi, Jamile S Codogno, Romulo A Fernandes, Xuemei Sui, Carl J Lavie, Steven N Blair, Henrique L Monteiro
BACKGROUND: Evidence has shown that physical activity (PA) is associated with low mortality risk. However, data about reduced mortality due to PA are scarce in developing countries and the dose-response relationship between PA from different domains and all-cause mortality remains unclear. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate the association of PA from different domains on all-cause mortality among Brazilian adults. METHODS: 679 males and females composed the study sample...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Alexandre Pedro Tavares da Fonseca Magalhães, Elisabete da Conceição Pereira Ramos, Maria de Fátima Rodrigues Pereira de Pina
BACKGROUND: Proximity to urban green spaces (UGS) and open sports spaces (OSS) benefits health, promotes physical activity (PA) and sports practice (SP). OBJECTIVE: Analyse the association between PA or SP according to distances between UGS or OSS and teenagers' residences or schools. METHODS: We evaluated 1333 (53.9% girls) teenagers (13year-old) living and studying in Porto, Portugal (EPITeen cohort). PA was classified as light or moderate/vigorous...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Shanley Chong, Roy Byun, Soumya Mazumdar, Adrian Bauman, Bin Jalaludin
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the association between distant green space and physical activity modified by local green space. METHODS: Information about physical activity, demographic and socio-economic background at the individual level was extracted from New South Wales Population Health Survey. The proportion of a postcode that was parkland was used as a proxy measure for access to parklands and was calculated for each individual. RESULTS: There was a significant relationship between distant green space and engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at least once a week...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Eileen K Nehme, Adriana Pérez, Nalini Ranjit, Benjamin C Amick, Harold W Kohl
BACKGROUND: This quasi-experimental study assessed the effects of new workplace showers on physical activity behaviors in a sample of downtown employees in Austin Texas USA. METHODS: The study design was quasi-experimental with two comparison groups. Data were collected via internet-based surveys prior to and four months after shower installation at one worksite. Differences across study groups in the ranks of change in past-week minutes of physical activity from baseline to follow-up were assessed...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Dave H H Van Kann, S I de Vries, J Schipperijn, N K de Vries, M W J Jansen, S P J Kremers
Background Aim of the study was to test the 12-month effects of a multicomponent physical activity (PA) intervention at schoolyards on recess PA levels of 6th and 7th grade children in primary schools, combining Global Positioning System (GPS) and accelerometry data. Methods A quasi-experimental study design was used with 20 paired intervention and control schools. GPS confirmatory analyses were applied to validate attendance at schoolyards during recess. Data from 376 children from 7 pairs of schools were included in the final analyses...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Prabasaj Paul, Susan A Carlson, Janet E Fulton
BACKGROUND: The association between walking and environmental attributes depends on walking purpose. This study, based on a large survey of U.S. adults, examined the association between perceived neighborhood safety and built environment attributes, and walking for transportation and leisure. METHODS: Data were obtained on transportation and leisure-time walking, perceived neighborhood safety and built environment attributes, and demographic characteristics from the summer wave of the 2012 ConsumerStyles survey of 3,951 U...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Delphine De Smedt, Els Clays, Christof Prugger, Johan De Sutter, Zlatko Fras, Guy De Backer, Dragan Lovic, Kornelia Kotseva, Dirk De Bacquer
BACKGROUND: The studyaim was to assess the physical activity levels as well as the intention to become physically active in patients with stable coronary heart disease (CHD) with a special focus on the association with their risk profile. METHODS: Analyses are based on the cross-sectional EUROASPIRE IV surveys. Information was available on 8966 patients in EUROASPIRE III and on 7998 coronary patients was available in EUROASPIRE IV. Physical activity level according to patients risk profile and medical management was assessed, the intention to become physically active was investigated and a time trend analysis was performed...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Binh Nguyen, Adrian Bauman, Ding Ding
PURPOSE: To examine the combined effects of body mass index (BMI), physical activity (PA) and sitting on incident type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) among Australian adults. METHODS: A sample of 29,572 adults aged ≥45 years from New South Wales, Australia, completed baseline (2006-2008) and follow-up (2010) questionnaires. Incident T2DM was defined as self-reported, physician-diagnosed diabetes at follow-up. BMI was categorised as normal/overweight/obese. PA was tertiled into low/medium/high...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Robert Medairos, Vicky Kang, Carissa Aboubakare, Matthew Kramer, Sheila Ann Dugan
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to identify patterns of use and preferences related to technology platforms that could support physical activity (PA) programs in an underserved population. METHODS: A 29-item questionnaire was administered at five health and wellness sites targeting low income communities in Chicago. Frequency tables were generated for Internet, cell phone, and social media use and preferences. Chi-squared analysis was used to evaluate differences across age and income groups...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Mhairi MacDonald, Samantha G Fawkner, Ailsa Niven
BACKGROUND: It is currently not known how much walking should be advocated for good health in adolescent girls. The aim of this study was therefore to recommend health referenced standards for step defined physical activity relating to appropriate health criterion/indicators in a group of adolescent girls. METHOD: Two hundred and thirty adolescent girls aged between 12-15years volunteered to take part in the study. Each participant undertook measurements (BMI, waist circumference, % body fat and blood pressure) to define health status...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Yung Liao, Takemi Sugiyama, Ai Shibata, Kaori Ishii, Shigeru Inoue, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Neville Owen, Koichiro Oka
BACKGROUND: This study examined associations of perceived and objectively-measured neighborhood environmental attributes with leisure-time sitting for transport among middle-to-older aged Japanese adults. METHOD: Data were collected using a postal survey of 998 adults aged 40-69 years. Generalized linear modelling with a gamma distribution and a log link was used to examine associations of perceived (International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Environmental module) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-derived built environment attributes with self-reported leisure-time sitting for transport...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Boris Cheval, Philippe Sarrazin, Luc Pelletier, Malte Friese
BACKGROUND: Promoting regular physical activity (PA) and lessening sedentary behaviors (SB) constitute a public health priority. Recent evidence suggests that PA and SB are not only related to reflective processes (e.g., behavioral intentions), but also to impulsive approach-avoidance tendencies (IAAT). This study aims to test the effect of a computerized IAAT intervention on an exercise task. METHODS: Participants (N = 115) were randomly assigned to one of three experimental conditions, in which they were either trained to approach PA and avoid SB (ApPA-AvSB condition), to approach SB and avoid PA (ApSB-AvPA condition), or to approach and avoid PA and SB equally often (active control condition)...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
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