Examining modifiable health behaviors, body weight, and use of preventive health services among caregivers and non-caregivers aged 65 years and older in Hawaii, Kansas, and Washington using 2007 BRFSS

Lisa C. McGuire, E. L. Bouldin, Elena Andresen, L. A. Anderson

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the associations among health behaviors, healthy body weight, and use of preventive services of adults 65 years and older using the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) as a function of caregiving status. Methods: Participants (N=6,138) residing in the states of Hawaii, Kansas, and Washington completed questions about caregiving. We examined if there were any associations among body weight - having a healthy weight (body mass index 18.5-24.9 kg/m2); modifiable health behaviors - not smoking, consuming ≤1 alcoholic beverage per day, consuming at least five fruits or vegetables daily, participating in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during the average week; and using preventive services - receiving an annual influenza immunization, and ever receiving a pneumococcal immunization. Results: The two groups did not differ significantly on the modifiable health behaviors of fruit and vegetable consumption, smoking status, or alcohol consumption, or having a healthy weight. Caregivers were significantly more likely to meet physical activity recommendations than non-caregivers (54.1%, 42.0%, respectively, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-379
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Preventive Health Services
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Health Behavior
Caregivers
Body Weight
Vegetables
Immunization
Fruit
Smoking
Exercise
Weights and Measures
Alcoholic Beverages
Alcohol Drinking
Human Influenza
Body Mass Index

Keywords

  • Behavioral risk factor surveillance system
  • Caregiving
  • Health behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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