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Physical Activity in Older Mexican Americans Living in Two Cities on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Department of Family Medicine, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, El Paso, TX 79905, USA
Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Ciudad de Mexico 06600, Mexico
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1820;
Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 21 August 2018 / Published: 23 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effect of Sport Activity on Health Promotion)
Background: There is limited information on physical activity in marginalized older populations like that on the U.S.-Mexico border. This study aims to understand physical activity engagement among older Hispanics residing in two U.S.-Mexico Border counties. Methods: The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used to measure physical activity in El Paso and Cameron County, Texas. Physical activity levels were reported for vigorous, moderate, and walking met/mins. Adjusted and unadjusted modeling was conducted to determine county differences and sociodemographic covariates. Results: There were 784 participants and 92.9% were less than 65 years of age. El Paso participants reported a significantly greater natural log met/mins of vigorous (β = 1.34, p = 0.000) and walking (β = 0.331, p = 0.006). Significant sociodemographic covariates in El Paso for vigorous met/mins were gender (females β = −1.20, p = 0.003), having a regular doctor (β = −0.779, p = 0.029), and acculturation (β = 0.513, p = 0.019). Significant associations in Cameron County were having a regular doctor (β = −1.03, p = 0.000) and fair/poor health status (β = −0.475, p = 0.001). Conclusion: Level of physical activity may differ in older Hispanics by urban context on the U.S.-Mexico border. Future physical activity programs to promote physical activity should take context into consideration. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; Hispanics; context physical activity; Hispanics; context
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Vasquez, G.; Salinas, J.; Molokwu, J.; Shokar, G.; Flores-Luevano, S.; Alomari, A.; Shokar, N.K. Physical Activity in Older Mexican Americans Living in Two Cities on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1820.

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