ERIC Number: EJ862456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Extra-Individual Correlates of Physical Activity Attainment in Rural Older Adults
Shores, Kindal A.; West, Stephanie T.; Theriault, Daniel S.; Davison, Elizabeth A.
Journal of Rural Health, v25 n2 p211-218 Spr 2009
Context: Challenged with a higher incidence of disease, reduced social support, and less access to physical activity facilities and services, rural older adults may find healthy active living a challenge. Despite these challenges, some rural older adults manage to achieve active lifestyles. Purpose: This study investigates the relative importance of 4 extra-individual correlates of physical activity to physical activity achievement in rural seniors. Methods: Data were drawn from mail questionnaires completed by 454 adults age 65 and over in 7 rural North Carolina counties. Findings: Results from an analysis of covariance indicate that respondents who approached CDC/ACSM recommended levels of physical activity were significantly more likely to report that they lived within walking distance to parks, perceived they had transportation to physical activity areas, had a partner with whom to be active, and felt activity facilities were safe. Next, 7 extra-individual correlates of physical activity were entered into a backward logistic regression. The resultant model predicting physical activity achievement among rural older adults included social support for physical activity, a safe environment for physical activity, and reported ability to walk to a local park. Conclusions: Interventions designed to provide social support, heighten safety at activity areas and improve park infrastructure may provide opportunities to increase physical activity among seniors.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Mail Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Counties, Rural Areas, Health Behavior, Older Adults, Life Style, Attitude Measures, Predictor Variables, Social Influences, Environmental Influences, Physical Health, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina