Walking patterns in a sample of African American, Native American, and Caucasian women: the cross-cultural activity participation study.

Melicia C. Whitt, Katrina D. DuBose, Barbara E. Ainsworth, Catrine Tudor-Locke

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Abstract

This analysis describes walking patterns among African American, Native American, and Caucasian women from South Carolina and New Mexico. Walking was assessed using pedometer and physical activity (PA) record data based on 4 consecutive days on either three (Study Phase 1) or two (Study Phase 2) occasions. Participants walked 5,429 +/- 2,959 steps per day and recorded 159 +/- 59 minutes per day of total walking in the PA record. Most daily walking was accumulated during household (46%), transportation (26%), occupation (16%), and exercise-related (10%) walking. There was a modest correlation between steps per day and minutes per day. Steps per day were higher with education and household size, and lower with increasing age and body mass index. These findings have implications for developing PA surveys and for planning interventions related to walking patterns among women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45S-56S
JournalHealth education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education
Volume31
Issue number4 Suppl
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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