The Relationship Between the Social Environment and Lifestyle-Related Physical Activity in a Low-Income African American Inner-City Southern Neighborhood

Lori Andersen*, Jeanette Gustat, Adam B. Becker

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The social ecological model was used to examine individual, interpersonal, and neighborhood characteristics related to lifestyle-related physical activity (PA) in a low-income African American (AA) population in New Orleans, Louisiana. Interviewers administered surveys to randomly-sampled household participants from three low-income, AA neighborhoods in New Orleans, Louisiana. Questions included the social and physical environment, physical activity, interpersonal factors, demographics, height and weight. Logistic regression multivariable models were built predicting whether the respondent met PA guidelines, controlling for neighborhood. Females were less as likely to engage in lifestyle-related PA compared to males (OR 0.46, CI 0.30–0.70). Support specific for PA was correlated with engaging in lifestyle-related PA (OR 1.45, CI 1.14–1.83). The individual and social environment should be considered for increasing PA in AA. Interventions targeting the AA population could consider ways of enhancing social support for PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)967-974
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 4 2015

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Lifestyle-related physical activity
  • Neighborhood
  • Social support
  • Social-ecological model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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