Levels and Correlates of Exercise in a Border Mexican American Population
Authors: Mier, Nelda; Ory, Marcia G.; Zhan, Dongling; Wang, Suojin; Burdine, James N.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 31, Number 2, March 2007 , pp. 159-169(11)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective : To examine personal and environmental correlates of exercise among Mexican Americans living in the Texas-Mexico border region.
Methods : The study was based on data from a community health assessment conducted in 2 counties at the Texas-Mexico border region. A random-digit-dialed community survey was used in this cross-sectional study (n=933).
Results : A majority of border Mexican Americans (52%) did not exercise at all. Gender, age, and self-rated health were statistically significant correlates to exercise.
Conclusions : Understanding personal and environmental factors that influence physical activity and exercise in this minority population is critical for the development of culturally sensitive health interventions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2007
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