Physical activity tracking among Sri Lankan adults: findings from a 7-year follow-up of the Ragama Health Study

Pinidiyapathirage, Janani ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2947-3015 and Kasthuriratne, Anuradhani and Bennie, Jason A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 and Pathmeswaran, Arunasalam and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and de Silva, Hithanadura Janaka and Chackrewarthy, Sureka and Dassanayake, Anuradha S. and Ranawaka, Udaya and Kato, Norihiro and Wickremasinghe, Ananda Rajitha (2021) Physical activity tracking among Sri Lankan adults: findings from a 7-year follow-up of the Ragama Health Study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1010-5395


Abstract

Limited data are available on physical activity tracking among adults in low- and middle-income countries. Using a longitudinal design, we assessed trends and correlates of physical activity among Sri Lankan adults. Individuals selected through age-stratified random sampling, were screened initially in 2007 (n = 2986) and reevaluated in 2014 (n = 2148). On both occasions, structured interviews and clinical measurements were completed. Approximately 40% of the participants engaged in recommended levels of physical activity both at baseline and follow-up. One-fifth reported increased physical activity at follow-up, a similar proportion reported being persistently inactive or a reduction in physical activity. In the adjusted analysis, being persistently active was associated with male sex, a lower educational level and income, being free of any chronic disease conditions, better self-rated health, and sitting time <8 hours. Our findings support public health interventions to help maintain recommended physical activity levels over time, particularly for subgroups at high-risk of physical inactivity.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 16 February 2021. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2021 03:39
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2021 05:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical activity, lower middle-income countries, Sri Lanka, noncommunicable diseases, population studies
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420201 Behavioural epidemiology
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539520971179
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41400

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