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Levels and Correlates of Exercise in a Border Mexican American Population

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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.
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Keywords: Mexican Americans; border; personal correlates; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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