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Am J Public Health. 2006 Sep;96(9):1681-5. Epub 2006 Jul 27.

Television viewing and pedometer-determined physical activity among multiethnic residents of low-income housing.

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  • 1Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass, USA. gary_bennett@dfci.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We evaluated the association between television viewing and pedometer-determined physical activity among predominantly racial/ethnic minority residents of low-income housing in metropolitan Boston in 2005.

METHODS:

We used mixed models to analyze the association between reported hours of television viewing and pedometer-determined steps per day among 486 adults. We also examined whether television viewing was associated with the achievement of 10000 steps per day.

RESULTS:

There was a mean 3.6 hours of average daily television watching. In multivariable analyses, each hour of television viewing on an average day was associated with 144 (95% confidence interval [CI]= -276, -12) fewer steps per day and a decreased likelihood of accumulating 10,000 steps per day (odds ratio [OR]=0.84; 95% CI=0.71, 0.99). Weekday and weekend television viewing were each also associated with fewer steps per day.

CONCLUSIONS:

Average daily television viewing was associated with reductions in total pedometer-determined physical activity levels (approximately 520 steps per day) in this lower-income sample. As part of a comprehensive physical activity promotion plan, recommendations to reduce television viewing should be made.

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PMC1551955
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