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Publications [#250767] of Gary G. Bennett


Journal Articles

  1. Bennett, GG; Wolin, KY; Puleo, E; Emmons, KM (2006). Pedometer-determined physical activity among multiethnic low-income housing residents. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38(4), 768-773. [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/05/20)

    Purpose: We sought to characterize pedometer-determined physical activity among a predominantly racial and ethnic minority sample of adults residing in low-income housing. Methods: Data were collected from 433 participants at baseline in a randomized colon cancer prevention intervention trial conducted within low-income housing communities. Using random effects models to control for clustering within housing sites, we examined variation in daily steps by several sociodemographic characteristics. Results: Participants recorded a mean of 5326 (± 3871 SD) daily steps over a 5-d sampling period. Significantly lower levels of pedometer-determined physical activity were found among older-aged participants (P < 0.0001), women (P = 0.02), those who were overweight and obese (P = 0.03), those reporting no weekly exercise (P = 0.04), as well as among nonworking individuals (P < 0.0001). No significant differences were found by education or income. In multivariable analyses, age, gender, body mass index, and employment status remained significantly associated with steps. Conclusions: These findings suggest a high prevalence of physical inactivity among low-income housing residents. These data, derived from a well-characterized sample, provide useful estimates for the investigation of pedometers as measures of total accumulated physical activity among lower-income, racial and ethnic minority populations. Copyright © 2006 by the American College of Sports Medicine.

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