Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27834, USA.
Purpose: To examine associations between county-level natural amenities, physical activity (PA), and body mass index (BMI).
Design And Setting: Cross-sectional study among 100 North Carolina counties.
Measures: We obtained percentage of county residents meeting PA criteria and county-wide means for reported height and weight from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, combining years 2003, 2005, and 2007. The county natural amenities scale was the independent variable. Potential county-level covariates were percentage rural, percentage black, median age, and median household income (Census 2000).
Analysis: We conducted weighted bivariate and linear regression analyses to examine relationships between natural amenities, aggregate PA, and aggregate BMI.
Results: BMI and natural amenities were negatively associated (parameter estimate = -.13 (.06), p = .03). When percentage meeting PA criteria was included, the parameter estimate attenuated 15%.
Conclusion: There was an inverse relationship between natural amenities and BMI, partially mediated by PA.
We have submitted your request - we will update you on status within the next 24 hours.
Sign up for further access to Scientific Publications and Authors!
What are PubFacts Points?
PubFacts points are rewards to PubFacts members, which allow you to better promote your profile and articles throughout PubFacts.com
How do I earn PubFacts Points?
Each member is given 50 PubFacts points upon signing up. You can earn additional points by completing 100% of your profile, creating and participating in discussions, and sharing other members research.
What can I do with PubFacts Points?
Currently, you can use PubFacts Points to promote and increase readership of your articles.