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Understanding Leisure Centre-Based Physical Activity after Physical Activity Referral: Evidence from Scheme Participants and Completers in Northumberland UK

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School of Health and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH11 4DN, UK
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Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia
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Centre for Medical Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4UX, UK
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Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ, UK
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 2957; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062957
Received: 12 February 2021 / Revised: 8 March 2021 / Accepted: 9 March 2021 / Published: 13 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exercise Referral and Social Prescribing for Physical Activity)
Physical activity referral schemes (PARS) are a popular physical activity (PA) intervention in the UK. Little is known about the type, intensity and duration of PA undertaken during and post PARS. We calculated weekly leisure centre-based moderate/vigorous PA for PARS participants (n = 448) and PARS completers (n = 746) in Northumberland, UK, between March 2019–February 2020 using administrative data. We categorised activity levels (<30 min/week, 30–149 min/week and ≥150 min/week) and used ordinal regression to examine predictors for activity category achieved. PARS participants took part in a median of 57.0 min (IQR 26.0–90.0) and PARS completers a median of 68.0 min (IQR 42.0–100.0) moderate/vigorous leisure centre-based PA per week. Being a PARS completer (OR: 2.14, 95% CI: 1.61–2.82) was a positive predictor of achieving a higher level of physical activity category compared to PARS participants. Female PARS participants were less likely (OR: 0.65, 95% CI: 0.43–0.97) to achieve ≥30 min of moderate/vigorous LCPA per week compared to male PARS participants. PARS participants achieved 38.0% and PARS completers 45.3% of the World Health Organisation recommended ≥150 min of moderate/vigorous weekly PA through leisure centre use. Strategies integrated within PARS to promote PA outside of leisure centre-based activity may help participants achieve PA guidelines. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; exercise referral; public health; adherence physical activity; exercise referral; public health; adherence
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Bell, J.; Neubeck, L.; Jin, K.; Kelly, P.; Hanson, C.L. Understanding Leisure Centre-Based Physical Activity after Physical Activity Referral: Evidence from Scheme Participants and Completers in Northumberland UK. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2957. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062957

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Bell J, Neubeck L, Jin K, Kelly P, Hanson CL. Understanding Leisure Centre-Based Physical Activity after Physical Activity Referral: Evidence from Scheme Participants and Completers in Northumberland UK. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):2957. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062957

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Bell, Jordan, Lis Neubeck, Kai Jin, Paul Kelly, and Coral L. Hanson 2021. "Understanding Leisure Centre-Based Physical Activity after Physical Activity Referral: Evidence from Scheme Participants and Completers in Northumberland UK" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 2957. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062957

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