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Education is associated with physical activity among American Indian elders

TitleEducation is associated with physical activity among American Indian elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSawchuk, CN, Bogart, A, Charles, S, Goldberg, J, Forquera, R, Roy-Byrne, P, Buchwald, D
JournalAm Indian Alsk Native Ment Health ResAm Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res
Volume15
Pagination1-17
ISBN Number1533-7731 (Electronic)<br/>1533-7731 (Linking)
Accession Number18493902
KeywordsAged, Alaska/epidemiology, Attitude to Health/ ethnology, Educational Status, Energy Metabolism/physiology, Exercise, Female, Health Status, Humans, Indians, North American/ statistics & numerical data, Male, Motor Activity, Questionnaires, Social Environment, Social Support
AbstractAlthough educational attainment and physical activity levels tend to be positively associated in majority populations, this relationship has not been investigated in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders. This study examined the association between education and physical activity among AI/AN elders (N = 107) using self-report and behavioral outcomes. Regression models showed that higher education was significantly associated with total caloric expenditure for moderate intensity physical activities and distance traveled during a 6-minute walk test of fitness. Additional research is needed to understand modifiable personal, social, and environmental physical activity barriers in these populations.
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