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Factors associated with physical activity in South Africa: evidence from a national population based survey

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dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-19T12:41:24Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-19T12:41:24Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02-11 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/13350
dc.description.abstract The health benefits of regular physical activity and exercise have been widely acknowledged. Yet physical inactivity remains an issue in South Africa. This study examines factors associated with physical activity amongst South Africans. This analysis used the 2012 nationally representative population-based household survey conducted using a multi-stage stratified cluster sampling design. Multinomial bivariate and multiple logistic regression models were used to determine whether physical activity is significantly influenced by socio-demographic and lifestyle related characteristics. Out of 26339 individuals, 57.4 % (CI: 55.9-59) were not physically active, 14.8 % (CI: 13.6-16) were moderately physically active, and 27.8 % (CI: 26.6-29.1) were vigorously physically active. Relative to those who reported physical inactivity, having higher education and being of a higher socioeconomic status increased the likelihood of engaging in moderate physical activity. Increasing age, being female, and living in informal settlements decreased the likelihood of engaging in moderate physical activity. Increasing age, being female, being married, being from rural formal settlements, and having poorer self-rated health reduced the likelihood of engaging in vigorous physical activity. The findings suggest that there is a need for health promotion efforts targeting particular groups from selected socio-demographic strata including unhealthy individuals and those from disadvantaged communities. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject PHYSICAL ACTIVITY en
dc.subject HEALTH en
dc.title Factors associated with physical activity in South Africa: evidence from a national population based survey en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber PBBBBB en
dc.Volume 11 en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle The Open Public Health Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10703 en
dc.PageNumber 516-525 en
dc.outputnumber 9734 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mlangeni, L., Makola, L., Naidoo, I., Chibi, B., Sokhela, Z., Silimfe, ZM & Mabaso, M. (2018) Factors associated with physical activity in South Africa: evidence from a national population based survey. <i>The Open Public Health Journal</i>. 11:516-525. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mlangeni, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Makola, L. en
dc.contributor.author3 Naidoo, I. en
dc.contributor.author4 Chibi, B. en
dc.contributor.author5 Sokhela, Z. en
dc.contributor.author6 Silimfe, ZM en
dc.contributor.author7 Mabaso, M. en


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