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Physical activity among Amish and non-Amish adults living in Ohio Appalachia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21858689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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.
Authors:
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    
Affiliation:
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. mira.katz@osumc.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Agriculture / statistics & numerical data
Amish / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Appalachian Region / epidemiology,  ethnology
Female
Humans
Life Style / ethnology*
Male
Middle Aged
Motor Activity*
Neoplasms / ethnology
Ohio / epidemiology,  ethnology
Sex Factors
Walking / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
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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