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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 136-140

Self-reported physical activity and its correlates among adult women in the expanded part of Thiruvananthapuram City, India


1 PhD Scholar, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
2 Adjunct Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, USA
3 Scientist B, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
4 Professor and Head, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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Kavumpurathu Raman Thankappan
Professor and Head, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala
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Source of Support: The study was partly funded by Global Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. E. Mathews was also supported by the Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-communicable Disease (ASCEND) Research Network funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number: D43TW008332. The content of this paper is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the offi cial views of the National Institutes of Health, Global Peers for Progress, or the ASCEND Program. Confl ict of Interest: None declared., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.157535

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Data on correlates of physical activity (PA) are limited in India. This study estimated the prevalence and correlates of PA among women. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 1303 women (mean age 45 years) selected by multistage cluster sampling. Information was collected using a pretested interview schedule. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to determine the correlates of PA. Self-reported moderate or high level PA prevalence was 73.4% [95% confidence interval (CI); 71.1-75.9]. Women who perceived themselves as being underweight [odds ratio (OR) 3.68: 1.97-6.74]; had an exercising member in the household (OR 3.41: 2.52-4.66); had access to exercise facilities (OR 2.17: 1.63-2.95); were married (OR 2.14: 1.40-3.25), were in the age group of 35-54 years (OR 1.91: 1.32-2.63); reported having knowledge about the benefits of PA (OR 1.62: 1.13-2.25); and who reported having the support of friends and neighbors (OR 1.42: 1.05-2.01) were more likely to report PA than their counterparts.


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