Intrapersonal, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with meeting recommended physical activity among rural Latino youth

Cynthia Perry, Brian E. Saelens, Beti Thompson

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This study aimed to identify intrapersonal, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with engaging in recommended levels of physical activity among rural Latino middle school youth. Data were from an anonymous survey of 773 Latino youth (51% female) about level of and barriers and motivators to physical activity, risk behaviors, and park use. Logistic regression models identified factors correlated with meeting recommended levels of physical activity (5 days or more 360 min/day). Thirty-four percent of girls and 41% of boys reported meeting this physical activity recommendation. Participation in an organized after school activity (p >.001) and in physical education (PE) classes 5 days a week (p >.001) were strongly associated with meeting recommended physical activity level. Making PE available 5 days a week and creating opportunities for organized after school physical activity programs may increase the number of rural Latino middle school youth who meet recommended physical activity level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-536
Number of pages16
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Volume23
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Intrapersonal, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with meeting recommended physical activity among rural Latino youth. / Perry, Cynthia; Saelens, Brian E.; Thompson, Beti.

In: Pediatric Exercise Science, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2011, p. 521-536.

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