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Physical activity among Amish and non-Amish adults living in Ohio Appalachia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21858689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To understand the behavioral lifestyle factors that may contribute to lower cancer incidence rates among the Amish population, this study evaluated differences in physical activity (PA) levels between Amish and non-Amish adults living in Ohio Appalachia. Amish (n = 134) and non-Amish (n = 154) adults completed face-to-face interviews as part of a cancer-related lifestyle study. Self-report of PA level was measured by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and by a diary of steps/day (pedometer: Digi-Walker SW-200). Total metabolic equivalent tasks (MET) minutes was calculated from the IPAQ and average number of steps/day from a pedometer diary. Amish males walked more steps/day (mean ± standard error (SE): 11,447 ± 611 vs. 7,605 ± 643; P < 0.001) and had a higher IPAQ score (MET min/week) (mean ± SE: 8,354 ± 701 vs. 5,547 ± 690; P < 0.01) than non-Amish males. In addition, Amish farmers walked significantly more steps/day than Amish non-farmers (mean ± SE: 15,278 ± 1,297 vs. 10,742 ± 671; P < 0.01). There was a trend for Amish females to walk more steps/day (mean ± SE: 7,750 ± 477 vs. 6,547 ± 437; P = 0.06) and to have higher IPAQ scores (mean ± SE: 4,966 ± 503 vs. 3,702 ± 450; P = 0.06) compared to non-Amish females. Two measures of PA demonstrated a higher PA level among Amish males, especially farmers, and a trend for higher PA level among Amish females. Higher levels of PA warrants further investigation as one factor potentially contributing to lower cancer incidence rates documented among the Amish.
Mira L Katz; Amy K Ferketich; Benjamin Broder-Oldach; Amy Harley; Paul L Reiter; Electra D Paskett; Clara D Bloomfield
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of community health     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1573-3610     ISO Abbreviation:  J Community Health     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-07     Completed Date:  2012-06-19     Revised Date:  2013-06-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600747     Medline TA:  J Community Health     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  434-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University, 1590 North High Street, Suite 525, Columbus, OH 43201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Agriculture / statistics & numerical data
Amish / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Appalachian Region / epidemiology,  ethnology
Life Style / ethnology*
Middle Aged
Motor Activity*
Neoplasms / ethnology
Ohio / epidemiology,  ethnology
Sex Factors
Walking / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Grant Support
K07 CA107079/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K07 CA107079/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P30 CA016058/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P30 CA16058/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P50 CA015632/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P50 CA105632/CA/NCI NIH HHS; UL1 TR000090/TR/NCATS NIH HHS

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