Hispanic adults' physical activity and sedentary behavior profiles: Examining existing data to drive prospective research

Natalia I. Heredia, Min Jae Lee, Belinda M. Reininger

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Abstract

Background: Because physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) are two distinct, interdependent behaviors, increases in PA may influence SB. As a limited number of SB interventions have been tested in Latino/Hispanic samples,. The purpose of this study is to assess if there was more PA and less SB in a Hispanic border community where there had been a PA-targeted community-wide campaign since 2005. Methods: This cross-sectional study included Hispanic adults (N = 676) sampled from both intervention and comparison Texas-Mexico border communities in 2010. Our dependent variable was four-categories based on meeting PA guidelines and excessive SB (≥ 540 mins/day) cutpoints. We conducted adjusted multivariable analysis to assess the association of intervention group with the PA/SB groupings. Results: In 2010, most adults were in the Low PA/Low SB group. Compared to the comparison group, the intervention group had 6.45 (p < 0.001) times the adjusted odds of being in the High PA/Low SB vs. Low PA/High SB group. Conclusions: Five years into the campaign, more PA and less SB were more likely in the intervention community, indicating the association of some PA interventions with SB. PA-targeted interventions should capture effects on SB to expand the literature on effective SB interventions for Hispanic adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Health promotion
  • Individual behaviour
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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