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Physical activity in three regional communities in Queensland

By W. J. Brown, N. W. Burton, S. Sahlqvist, K. C. Heesch, K. B. McCarthy, N. Ng, J. G. van Uffelen

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Objective. To describe physical activity participation in three Queensland regional communities. Design. Cross-sectional mail survey of randomly selected residents, stratified by age and sex. Setting. Esk, Mareeba and Mount Isa. Participants. 1219 (58% female) adults, with a mean age 46.7 (SD 14.7) years. Main outcome measures. Proportion of people inactive, meeting Australian activity guidelines (a minimum of 150 minutes/week and 5 sessions/week), and walking a dog daily; time spent walking and cycling for transport; location and type of recreational physical activities. Results. Overall, 18% of respondents were inactive, with the highest proportions among women (22.3%) and older adults in Mount Isa (24.3%). The proportion meeting activity guidelines was 47% with the lowest proportions among women in Mount Isa (40.4%). Although 63% reported owning a dog, only 22% reported walking a dog daily. Few people reported walking or cycling for transport. The most common types of activities were walking, home-based exercise, running/jogging, and swimming, and the most common location was at or near home. Conclusions. Physical activity levels were lower in these regional communities than the state average. The findings indicate a need for physical activity policy and intervention strategies targeting regional and rural areas. This could focus on women and older adults, dog walking, and physical activity opportunities in or near the home.

Date 2013
Publication Title Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 112-120
ISBN/ISSN 1038-5282
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12015
Language English
Author Address School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, 4072,
Additional Language English
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  1. Adults
  2. Animals
  3. APEC countries
  4. Australasia
  5. Australia
  6. Bicycling
  7. Canidae
  8. Canine
  9. Carnivores
  10. Commonwealth of Nations
  11. Developed countries
  12. Dogs
  13. Exercise
  14. Humans
  15. Mammals
  16. Men
  17. Oceania
  18. OECD countries
  19. open access
  20. physical activity
  21. Primates
  22. recreation
  23. running
  24. rural areas
  25. Rural Health
  26. Sports
  27. surveys
  28. swimming
  29. vertebrates
  30. Walking
  1. open access