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J Public Health (Oxf). 2019 Jun 14. pii: fdz065. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdz065. [Epub ahead of print]

Hispanic adults' physical activity and sedentary behavior profiles: examining existing data to drive prospective research.

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Health Disparities Research, 1400 Pressler, Suite FCT9.6073, Houston, TX, USA.
McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Clinical and Translational Sciences; Houston, TX, USA.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences; Brownsville, TX, USA.



Because physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) are two distinct, interdependent behaviors, increases in PA may influence SB. As a limited number of SB interventions have been tested in Latino/Hispanic samples,. The purpose of this study is to assess if there was more PA and less SB in a Hispanic border community where there had been a PA-targeted community-wide campaign since 2005.


This cross-sectional study included Hispanic adults (N = 676) sampled from both intervention and comparison Texas-Mexico border communities in 2010. Our dependent variable was four-categories based on meeting PA guidelines and excessive SB (≥540 mins/day) cut-points. We conducted adjusted multivariable analysis to assess the association of intervention group with the PA/SB groupings.


In 2010, most adults were in the Low PA/Low SB group. Compared to the comparison group, the intervention group had 6.45 (p < 0.001) times the adjusted odds of being in the High PA/Low SB vs. Low PA/High SB group.


Five years into the campaign, more PA and less SB were more likely in the intervention community, indicating the association of some PA interventions with SB. PA-targeted interventions should capture effects on SB to expand the literature on effective SB interventions for Hispanic adults.


health promotion; individual behaviour; physical activity


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