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Demography of exercise among Californians of Korean descent: a cross-sectional telephone survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17514426     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study describes aerobic exercise and walking for exercise behaviors among the Korean American population, a rapidly growing minority. Data for this study were drawn from a representative survey of Californians of Korean descent (N = 2,830) conducted by telephone; 86% of eligible participants completed interviews in either Korean or English. Sample characteristics closely approximated those for Koreans in the 2000 United States Census for California. The data show that 32.8% of Koreans vigorously exercise or walk for exercise, but walking regimens and more vigorous modes of exercise are employed by different subgroups. Women, less acculturated, married persons, and less well educated are particularly low in vigorous exercise. Korean Americans walk for exercise much less than majority groups, although they engage in vigorous physical activity on a roughly equivalent basis. Interventions to promote physical activity should be adapted not only for the Korean culture but also for specific subgroups defined demographically.
C Richard Hofstetter; Veronica Irvin; Katy Schmitz; Melbourne F Hovell; Jeanne Nichols; Hye Ryun Kim; Richard Ledet; Joy Zakarian; Haeryun Park; Hee-Young Paik; Jooeun Lee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1557-1912     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-07     Completed Date:  2008-06-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256527     Medline TA:  J Immigr Minor Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Political Science, Graduate School of Public Health, Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, San Diego State University, 9245 Sky Park Court, Suite 230, San Diego, CA 92123, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health / ethnology*
California / epidemiology
Cross-Sectional Studies
Cultural Characteristics*
Health Behavior / ethnology*
Health Promotion / methods
Health Status*
Korea / ethnology
Leisure Activities
Middle Aged
Social Perception

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