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Associations between exercise and health behaviors in a community sample of working adults.
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PMID:  10684745     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The present study examined the associations between leisure-time exercise and a range of health behaviors and reports of illness and injury in a sample of community working adults. METHODS: The study population included 4907 women and 4136 men who completed surveys in 24 worksites in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. RESULTS: Participants in the study were ranked by gender according to their exercise score and grouped into quartiles. Women and men in the highest activity quartiles were more highly educated and were younger. High-activity men were more likely to be unmarried. Higher levels of leisure-time exercise were positively associated with seat belt use and inversely related to smoking, dietary fat intake, reported stress, and obesity. In men only, leisure-time exercise was related to greater reports of injuries resulting in restriction of usual activities. In women only, leisure-time exercise was positively associated with daily alcohol use. Most of the significant associations were seen in the two highest quartiles of exercise. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that associations between leisure-time exercise and health behaviors occur at the higher levels of exercise and interventions may need to promote this higher level of leisure-time exercise to impact overall public health.
K N Boutelle; D M Murray; R W Jeffery; D J Hennrikus; H A Lando
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0091-7435     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-06-14     Completed Date:  2000-06-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2000 American Health Foundation and Academic Press.
Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Community Medicine / methods
Health Behavior*
Leisure Activities
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