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Papás Activos: Associations between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Personal Networks among Fathers Living in Texas Colonias

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Department of Public Health, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97303, Waco, TX 76798, USA
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Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, 4243 TAMU, College Station, TX 77845, USA
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Department of Health & Human Performance, Texas State University, 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
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Department of Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, 212 Adriance Lab Rd. 1266 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George St, Brisbane City, QLD 4000, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(24), 9243; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249243
Received: 23 November 2020 / Revised: 4 December 2020 / Accepted: 9 December 2020 / Published: 10 December 2020
Despite growing health disparities in Latino populations related to lack of physical activity (PA), little is known regarding the impact of social networks on PA and sedentary behavior among a sample of Latino fathers residing in functionally rural colonias. Fathers wore accelerometers and responded to questions regarding their self-efficacy and characteristics of who they were active with most often. Fathers (n = 47) attained a mean of 73.3 min of moderate-to-vigorous PA (SD = 23.8) per day and were sedentary for a mean of 364.0 min (SD = 74.4) per day. In total, fathers reported 205 alters and significantly more family members (M = 3.60, SD = 1.64) than friends (M = 0.77, SD = 1.37). Sedentary time was positively associated with number of peers and inversely related to the number of children reported. Minutes of moderate-to-vigorous PA was significantly associated with greater self-efficacy and number of family members reported. This study contributes to the evidence by further examining PA correlates of Latino fathers from functionally rural colonia communities. Additionally, this study supported both family systems theory and the socio–ecological model as it details the interpersonal and familial influences of PA behavior. Thus, supports for family activity promotion and programs which impact familial norms and activity at the family level may be particularly useful. View Full-Text
Keywords: social network analysis; Mexican-heritage; family systems social network analysis; Mexican-heritage; family systems
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Prochnow, T.; Umstattd Meyer, M.R.; Patterson, M.S.; McClendon, M.E.; Gómez, L.; Trost, S.G.; Sharkey, J. Papás Activos: Associations between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Personal Networks among Fathers Living in Texas Colonias. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249243

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Prochnow T, Umstattd Meyer MR, Patterson MS, McClendon ME, Gómez L, Trost SG, Sharkey J. Papás Activos: Associations between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Personal Networks among Fathers Living in Texas Colonias. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(24):9243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249243

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Prochnow, Tyler, M. R. Umstattd Meyer, Megan S. Patterson, Megan E. McClendon, Luis Gómez, Stewart G. Trost, and Joseph Sharkey. 2020. "Papás Activos: Associations between Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Personal Networks among Fathers Living in Texas Colonias" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 24: 9243. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249243

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