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Title: Physical activity among Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino white visitors to urban-proximate public lands

Author: Wilhelm Stanis, Sonia A.; Schneider, Ingrid E.; Shinew, Kimberly J.; Chavez, Deborah J.; Vogel, Mary C.

Date: 2008

Source: In: Chavez, Deborah J.; Winter, Patricia L.; Absher, James D., eds. Recreation visitor research: studies of diversity. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-210. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 113-122. Chapter 10

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Health benefits of physical activity are well recognized and documented, yet obesity rates remain high in the United States, particularly among Hispanics/Latinos. As our population becomes more urban and ethnically diverse, a greater understanding of specific populations may help agencies better address issues related to obesity and sedentary lifestyles. This study examined use of urban-proximate outdoor recreation sites for physical activity as well as differences in use, experience use history, and body mass index between Hispanics/Latinos of all races, and non-Hispanic/Latino Whites. Ultimately, this research seeks to inform efforts to increase physical activity levels on public lands. Data were collected through onsite interviews in urban-proximate parks in California, Illinois, and Minnesota used by a variety of racial and ethnic groups. Findings indicate that parks and recreation areas remain important places for physical activity for both Hispanics/Latinos and non-Hispanic/Latino Whites. Differences between the two groups suggest both management opportunities and challenges.

Keywords: Leisure, physical activity, health, ethnicity

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Wilhelm Stanis, Sonia A.; Schneider, Ingrid E.; Shinew, Kimberly J.; Chavez, Deborah J.; Vogel, Mary C. 2008. Physical activity among Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino white visitors to urban-proximate public lands. In: Chavez, Deborah J.; Winter, Patricia L.; Absher, James D., eds. Recreation visitor research: studies of diversity. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-210. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 113-122. Chapter 10.

 


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