Adopting leisure-time physical activity after diagnosis of a vascular condition

Pamela L. Ramage-Morin, Julie Bernier, Jason T. Newsom, Nathalie Huguet, Bentson H. McFarland, Mark S. Kaplan

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Background: A better understanding of factors associated with adopting leisure-time physical activity among people with chronic vascular conditions can help policy-makers and health care professionals develop strategies to promote secondary prevention among older Canadians. Data and methods: Cross-sectional data from the 1994/1995 National Population Health Survey (NPHS), household component, and the 2007/2008 Canadian Community Health Survey were used to estimate the prevalence of inactivity. Longitudinal data from eight cycles (1994/1995 through 2008/2009) of the NPHS, household component, were used to examine the adoption of leisure-time physical activity, intentions to change health risk behaviours, and barriers to change. Results: Over half (54%) of the population aged 40 or older were inactive during their leisure time in 2007/2008. A new vascular diagnosis was not associated with initiating leisure-time physical activity. Among the newly diagnosed, those with no disability or a mild disability had higher odds of undertaking leisure-time physical activity. Interpretation: The majority of Canadians in mid- to late life are inactive. They tend to remain so when diagnosed with a vascular condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHealth Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2012


  • Aged
  • Chronic disease
  • Elderly
  • Exercise
  • Health promotion
  • Lifestyle
  • Middle age
  • Public health
  • Social environmnent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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