Volume 9, Issue 4 (Scientific Journal of Hamadan University of Medical Sciences-Winter 2003)                   Avicenna J Clin Med 2003, 9(4): 0-0 | Back to browse issues page

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Physical activity is one of the major factors in preventing of many
   diseases. Determination of its pattern among population groups and its role
   in reducing the number of diseases and use of medical services is important.
   The aim of this study was to explain the pattern of leisure time physical
   activity among adults living in Ahwaz and to recognize its association with
   use of medical services.

          This study was under taken on 1600 habitants aged 18-84 years. Data
   was collected using a questionnaire completed by interviewers.

          Less than half of the subjects reported at least 20 minutes physical
   activity in a week. This figure was statistically significant by increasing of age
   (P=0.002), and decreasing of educational level (P<0.001). However, there
   was no significant difference by economical status. The pattern of physical
   activity was also vary among different groups. There was a significant
   association between physical activity and use of medical services, hospital
   admission, and high blood pressure (P<0.05).

          Public education and persuading people for physical activity at leisure
   particularly for women, older generations, and low educated groups is
   recommended. Providing available sport facilities may help to increase the
   rate of physical activities among such societies.

Type of Study: Original | Subject: Other Clinical Specialties

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