Knowledge of and preferred sources of assistance for physical activity in a sample of urban Indigenous Australians

Marshall, Alison L., Hunt, Julian and Jenkins, David (2008) Knowledge of and preferred sources of assistance for physical activity in a sample of urban Indigenous Australians. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5 Article Number: 22. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-5-22


Author Marshall, Alison L.
Hunt, Julian
Jenkins, David
Title Knowledge of and preferred sources of assistance for physical activity in a sample of urban Indigenous Australians
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1479-5868
Publication date 2008-04-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-5-22
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Start page Article Number: 22
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, England
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
To examine urban Indigenous Australians' knowledge of the current Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) and identify their preferred sources of assistance or advice regarding physical activity.
Method
Self-completed questionnaire data were collected from 194 participants; the questionnaires sought information on standard demographics including an assessment of their perceived physical activity level relative to peers. Outcome measures were agreement with five statements from the current PAG and indicators of preferred sources of assistance or advice regarding physical activity.
Results
Most participants demonstrated excellent knowledge of the current PAG, with 92% to 88% of participants agreeing with the statements. Significantly more older participants (> 44 years) identified that 'blocks of 10 minutes of activity are OK' compared to younger participants (aged 18–44 years: 60%; X2 = 6.23; p = .04). Significantly more higher educated participants agreed (96%) that 'brisk walking for half an hour most days was good for health' compared to the less educated participants (85%; X2 = 8.08; p = .02). The most preferred source of physical activity advice identified by men was the GP/health professional (62% vs. 53%; men and women respectively, NS), while for women it was a group to be active with (60% vs. 42%; women and men respectively; X2 = 6.09; p = .01).
Conclusion
Urban Indigenous Australians have similar levels of knowledge regarding the PAG to non-Indigenous Australians. However, the option of accumulating 10-minute activity bouts needs to be better communicated to younger Indigenous people. Most participants expressed a preference for advice about physical activity to be delivered via health professionals, and groups to be active with. Indigenous and age-specific resources that promote the unique aspects of the current PAG (e.g., that vigorous exercise is not essential for health and blocks of 10 minutes of activity are OK) should be developed and disseminated.
Keyword Cardiovascular Risk
Obesity
People
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Online journal. No page numbers available. -- © 2008 Marshall et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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