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Am J Prev Med. 2016 Apr;50(4):500-508. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.08.029. Epub 2015 Nov 18.

Physical Activity Levels in U.S. Latino/Hispanic Adults: Results From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.

Author information

1
Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, California. Electronic address: earredon@mail.sdsu.edu.
2
Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, Department of Biostatistics, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
3
Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida.
4
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona.
5
Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
6
Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, California.
7
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
8
Institute for Minority Health Research, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
9
Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Physical activity (PA) prevalence among U.S. Latino/Hispanic adults of diverse backgrounds is not well known. This study describes PA among a representative sample of U.S. Latino/Hispanic adults.

METHODS:

A population-based cohort of Hispanic/Latino adults (aged 18-74 years) participating in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos from March 2008 to June 2011 (N=16,415) was recruited in four urban areas from Miami, the Bronx, Chicago, and San Diego. Participants wore an Actical hip accelerometer for 1 week (n=12,253) and completed the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (n=15,741). Data were analyzed in 2015.

RESULTS:

Based on accelerometry, Hispanics/Latinos engaged in 23.8 minutes/day (10.3 minutes/day when only considering minutes from sustained 10-minute bouts) of moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA). Individuals of Puerto Rican and Dominican background had the most minutes/day of MVPA (32.1 and 29.1, respectively), whereas those of Cuban background had the fewest (15.3). Based on the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire, 65% of Hispanic/Latinos met the aerobic component of 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Men and individuals of Puerto Rican background had the most minutes/day of leisure-time MVPA (30.3 and 30.2, respectively). Individuals of Puerto Rican and Dominican background had the most minutes/day of transportation-related PA (48.7 and 39.7, respectively). Individuals of Mexican and Central American background had the most minutes/day of work-related MVPA (90.7 and 93.2, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS:

Among Hispanics/Latinos, self-reported data provided information on the type of PA and helped explain variability identified from accelerometer-assessed PA. These findings highlight variability in PA among Hispanics from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

PMID:
26597505
PMCID:
PMC4801731
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2015.08.029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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