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Disparities in physical activity and sedentary behaviors among US children and adolescents: prevalence, correlates, and intervention implications.

Whitt-Glover, Melicia C and Taylor, Wendell C and Floyd, Myron F and Yore, Michelle M and Yancey, Antronette K and Matthews, Charles E (2009) Disparities in physical activity and sedentary behaviors among US children and adolescents: prevalence, correlates, and intervention implications. Journal of public health policy, 30 Sup. S309-S334. ISSN 0197-5897

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Abstract

Regular physical activity is important for health benefits among youth, but disparities exist. This paper describes disparities in physical activity participation and sedentary behaviors among youth in the United States, provides intervention implications, and offers recommendations for future research focused on reducing disparities related to levels of physical activity. Secondary analysis of national accelerometer data showed that achievement of recommended levels of physical activity ranged across subgroups from 2% to 61%. Mean hours per day spent in sedentary behavior ranged from 5.5 to 8.5. The largest disparities were by gender and age. An improved understanding of correlates may inform the design of interventions to increase physical activity in targeted subgroups. Additional theoretically based research is needed to elucidate which factors contributing to physical activity disparities are amenable to change via intervention. To eliminate health disparities, changes in policies that have an impact on physical activity may be necessary to promote physical activity among high-risk youth.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: youth, exercise, ethnic minority, African American, Black, Latino
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
Practice > interventions
Research
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Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011 12:39
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2011 12:39
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3073

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