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Title: Physical activity tracking among Sri Lankan adults: findings from a 7-year follow-up of the Ragama Health Study
Authors: Pinidiyapathirage, J.
Kasthuriratne, A.
Bennie, J.A.
Pathmeswaran, A.
Biddle, S.J.H.
de Silva, H.J.
Chackrewarthy, S.
Dassanayake, A.S.
Ranawaka, U.
Kato, N.
Wickremasinghe, A.R.
Keywords: Physical Activity
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health.2021; 33(2-3):205-212. [Epub 2021 Feb 12]
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Limited data are available on physical activity tracking among adults in low- and middle-income countries. Using a longitudinal design, we assessed trends and correlates of physical activity among Sri Lankan adults. Individuals selected through age-stratified random sampling, were screened initially in 2007 (n = 2986) and reevaluated in 2014 (n = 2148). On both occasions, structured interviews and clinical measurements were completed. Approximately 40% of the participants engaged in recommended levels of physical activity both at baseline and follow-up. One-fifth reported increased physical activity at follow-up, a similar proportion reported being persistently inactive or a reduction in physical activity. In the adjusted analysis, being persistently active was associated with male sex, a lower educational level and income, being free of any chronic disease conditions, better self-rated health, and sitting time <8 hours. Our findings support public health interventions to help maintain recommended physical activity levels over time, particularly for subgroups at high-risk of physical inactivity. KEYWORDS: Sri Lanka; lower middle-income countries; non-communicable diseases; physical activity; population studies.
Description: Indexed in MEDLINE
ISSN: 1010-5395 (Print)
1941-2479 (Electronic)
1010-5395 (Linking)
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