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Stage of Change Specific Triggers and Barriers to Moderate Physical Activity

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Objective: To identify the proportion of rural Midwesterners at different stages of change for regular physical activity Methods: Through systematic random sampling, 418 adult subjects responded to telephone interviews about physical activity in 2 contiguous rural counties. Results: Almost half of the population was in the precontemplation stage-suggesting a population at great risk for diseases with physical inactivity as a risk factor. Further, barriers and triggers differed by stage of change and demographic. Conclusions: Specific groups in this population would benefit by a campaign to increase self-efficacy, the availability of time for activity, and the awareness of associated benefits.

Keywords: barriers to physical activity; stage of change physical activity; triggers to physical activity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Texas A & M University, School of Rural Public Health, Bryan, TX.

Publication date: 2003-05-01

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