Perceived walkability, social support, age, native language, and vehicle access as correlates of physical activity: a cross-sectional study of low-socioeconomic status, ethnic, minority women
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Perceived walkability, social support, age, native language, and vehicle access as correlates of physical activity
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: The role of social-environmental factors in physical activity (PA) within lower income and ethnic minority populations is understudied. This study explored correlates of age-related PA and perceived walkability (PW). METHODS: Cross-sectional data (N = 401 women; ?18 y) were collected within the Jane-Finch community in Toronto, Ontario using questionnaires. Generalized additive models, an extension to multiple regression, were used to estimate effect sizes and standard errors. RESULTS: Significant interactions between native language and car access (CA) were observed in PA variation across the lifespan. Individuals were evenly distributed across 4 comparison groups: 29.2% English-NoCA, 24.1% English-CA, 20.7% Non-English-NoCA, and 26.0% NonEnglish-CA. Risk of sedentariness increased with age for native English speakers > 50 years, but appears unaffected by age for other groups. English speakers without CA < 60 years appear least likely to be sedentary, followed by English speakers with CA. In general, an active individual at the 75th percentile of social support for exercise would have 1.62 (CI: 1.22-2.17) times the MET-Hours of PA than an active individual at the 25th percentile of SSE. CONCLUSIONS: English language facility and car access moderate relationships of social-environmental factors and PA. Further investigation is required to better understand correlates of PA for women in this demographic.

Author(s): 
Perez, Daniel F.
Ritvo, Paul G.
Brown, Patrick E.
Holowaty, Eric
Ardern, Chris
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Phys Act Health
Publication Date: 
2011-11
Publication Year: 
2011
Pages: 
1098-1107
Volume: 
8
Issue: 
8
ISSN: 
1543-5474
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 22039128

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Daniel F. Perez, Paul G. Ritvo, Patrick E. Brown, Eric Holowaty and Chris Ardern. 2011-11. "Perceived walkability, social support, age, native language, and vehicle access as correlates of physical activity: a cross-sectional study of low-socioeconomic status, ethnic, minority women." Journal of Physical Activity & Health 8: 8: 1098-1107.

Wikipedia Citation

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