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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Jul-Aug;29(4):371-81.

Climate conditions and physical activity in the United States.

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Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA. Ray_Merrill@byu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the influence season and climate have on physical activity among US adults.

METHODS:

Seven weather classifications from 255 weather stations were linked with 355 counties covered by the 2003 BRFSS.

RESULTS:

The percentage meeting the recommendations for physical activity ranged from 30.9% in Puerto Rico to 60.9% in Montana and significantly varied across seasons: 44.6% in winter, 46.2% in spring, 48.4% in summer, and 45.8% in fall. Counties in the top 25% meeting the recommendations for physical activity had the highest percentage of days with dry moderate conditions. Counties in the bottom 25% had the highest percentage of days with moist tropical conditions.

CONCLUSION:

Season and climate significantly influence physical activity in the United States.

PMID:
16006234
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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