Opportunities, barriers and constraints to physical activity in rural Queensland, Australia

Eley, Robert and Bush, Robert and Brown, Wendy (2014) Opportunities, barriers and constraints to physical activity in rural Queensland, Australia. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11 (1). pp. 68-75. ISSN 1543-3080


Background: Interventions addressing chronic disease through physical activity are hampered by the low evidence base from rural areas. The purpose of the study was to provide information which may contribute to the development of future policy and strategy applicable to rural Queensland.
Methods: Six diverse rural shires were chosen. A mixed method design included more than 100 interviews with community representatives; surveys to 3000 community members; audits of facilities, amenities, and other relevant resources in each shire; and by detailed observation during repeated site visits.
Results: Half the respondents failed to meet Australian physical activity guidelines and one in five reported no activity. Queensland's rural communities offer good access to a wide variety of structured and non-structured activities. Some barriers to physical activity (e.g. family commitments) are similar to those reported from urban areas: however others including climate, culture of exercise and community leadership are unique to the rural environment.
Conclusions: Unique characteristics of rural environments and populations affect engagement in physical activity. Promotion of healthy lifestyle in rural environments need to be informed by local context and not merely extrapolated from urban situations. Attention must be paid to specific local circumstances which may affect implementation, adoption and participation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Human Kinetics, Inc. Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy. Accepted for publication 15 Jun 2012.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2014 01:57
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic disease; community-based research; exercise
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2011-0312
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22573

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