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Cross-sectional relationship of pedometer-determined ambulatory activity to indicators of health.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14694222     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To describe the cross-sectional relationship between an objective measure of walking (pedometer-determined steps/day) and general indicators of health, a prior diagnosis of one or more components of the metabolic syndrome, and self-reported occupational activity in a generally sedentary working population. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Steps/day were compared with previous diagnosis of one or more components of the metabolic syndrome (by self-administered questionnaire) and with general health indicators including BMI, waist circumference, resting heart rate, and blood pressure in 182 subjects in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Study participants were volunteer employees recruited from five workplaces where, in general, the job types were moderately or highly sedentary. RESULTS: Steps/day were 7230 +/- SD 3447 for women (n = 153) and 8265 +/- 2849 (n = 21) for men. Pedometer-determined steps/day were associated inversely with BMI (r = -0.4005, p < 0.0001) in all participants and waist circumference in females only (r = -0.4303, p < 0.0001). There was a low correlation between steps/day and diastolic blood pressure in the whole sample (r = -0.2140, p = 0.0383). Participants who reported a prior diagnosis of one or more components of the metabolic syndrome (hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes) took fewer steps/day than healthy participants (p = 0.0254). Pedometer-determined steps/day were positively associated with self-reported occupational activity (p = 0.0002). DISCUSSION: Fewer steps/day are associated with increased BMI, waist circumference, diastolic blood pressure, and components of the metabolic syndrome. Low occupational activity is a contributing factor to low total ambulatory activity.
Catherine B Chan; Elizabeth Spangler; James Valcour; Catrine Tudor-Locke
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Obesity research     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1071-7323     ISO Abbreviation:  Obes. Res.     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-24     Completed Date:  2004-04-16     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305691     Medline TA:  Obes Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1563-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departments of Anatomy and Physiology, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology
Body Mass Index*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Health Status Indicators*
Heart Rate / physiology
Metabolic Syndrome X
Statistics, Nonparametric
Walking / physiology*

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