Pedometer-determined physical activity among multiethnic low-income housing residents.

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We sought to characterize pedometer-determined physical activity among a predominantly racial and ethnic minority sample of adults residing in low-income housing.


Data were collected from 433 participants at baseline in a randomized colon cancer prevention intervention trial conducted within low-income housing communities. Using random effects models to control for clustering within housing sites, we examined variation in daily steps by several sociodemographic characteristics.


Participants recorded a mean of 5326 (+/- 3871 SD) daily steps over a 5-d sampling period. Significantly lower levels of pedometer-determined physical activity were found among older-aged participants (P < 0.0001), women (P = 0.02), those who were overweight and obese (P = 0.03), those reporting no weekly exercise (P = 0.04), as well as among nonworking individuals (P < 0.0001). No significant differences were found by education or income. In multivariable analyses, age, gender, body mass index, and employment status remained significantly associated with steps.


These findings suggest a high prevalence of physical inactivity among low-income housing residents. These data, derived from a well-characterized sample, provide useful estimates for the investigation of pedometers as measures of total accumulated physical activity among lower-income, racial and ethnic minority populations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bennett, GG; Wolin, KY; Puleo, E; Emmons, KM

Published Date

  • April 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 768 - 773

PubMed ID

  • 16679995

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2742916

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1530-0315

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0195-9131

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1249/01.mss.0000210200.87328.3f


  • eng