Education is associated with physical activity among American Indian elders

Craig N. Sawchuk, Andy Bogart, Steve Charles, Jack Goldberg, Ralph Forquera, Peter Roy-Byrne, Dedra Buchwald

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Although educational attainment and physical activity levels tend to be positively associated in majority populations, this relationship has not been investigated in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders. This study examined the association between education and physical activity among AI/AN elders (N = 107) using self-report and behavioral outcomes. Regression models showed that higher education was significantly associated with total caloric expenditure for moderate-intensity physical activities and distance traveled during a 6-minute walk test of fitness. Additional research is needed to understand modifiable personal, social, and environmental physical activity barriers in these populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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