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South Med J. 1994 Apr;87(4):435-9.

Physical activity patterns among adults in Georgia: results from the 1990 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

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Applications Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333.

Abstract

Regular physical activity increases a person's ability to perform daily activities more efficiently, reduces the risk of specific chronic diseases, including coronary artery disease, and lowers death rates in general. The Healthy People 2000 Physical Activity and Fitness Objectives underscored the importance of monitoring and tracking the prevalence of physical activity and fitness in the United States population for the purpose of planning, implementing, and evaluating efforts to improve the public's physical activity habits. This report examines the prevalence of self-reported leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) among southeastern adults aged 18 years and older living in the state of Georgia. Using data from the 1990 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys from Georgia, we describe the LTPA patterns of Georgia adults aged 18 years and older. A total of 1,723 adults were interviewed during 1990. Results show the following: women are less active than men, blacks are less active than whites, persons of lower socioeconomic status (SES) are less active than those of higher SES, and older adults are less active than younger adults. These results suggest that a more concerted effort needs to be made in promoting physical activity for women, persons of lower SES, and older adults.

PMID:
8153767
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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