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

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

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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. 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. 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. 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)
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalHealth reports / Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Health Information = Rapports sur la santé / Statistique Canada, Centre canadien d'information sur la santé
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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