Physical activity and sedentary behavior among diverse Hispanic/Latino youth in the United States is not well documented. The aim of this study was to describe physical activity and sedentary behavior among a representative sample of Hispanic/Latino youth from four US communities using accelerometry and self-reported measures.
From 2012 to 2014, 1466 Hispanic/Latino youth ages 8 to 16 yr, children of participants in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, enrolled in the SOL youth. Physical activity and sedentary behavior were assessed by interview. After this, youth wore an Actical accelerometer for 1 wk. All statistical analyses accounted for the complex survey design and used sampling weights.
The accelerometer wear time adjusted mean minutes per day was: 604.6, sedentary; 178.9, light; 25.4, moderate; and 10.2, vigorous. Generally, higher levels of moderate and vigorous activity occurred among males, Mexican backgrounds, and youth age 8 to 10 yr compared with older age groups. Higher levels of sedentary behavior occurred among youth age 15 to 16 yr compared with younger age groups. The most common activities (reported, ≥1 per month) were of lower intensity, including listening to music (91.9%), homework (87.0%), riding in car/bus (84.3%), and hanging out with friends (83.4%). Common active pursuits included travel by walking (74.6%), physical education class (71.7%), running (71.4%), and recess (71.3%).
Time, intensity, and type of physical activity and sedentary behavior varied among Hispanic/Latino youth. These findings can inform efforts to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior among US Hispanic/Latino youth.
1Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC;
2Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA;
3Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL;
4Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL;
5Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA;
6Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY;
7Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC;
8Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL;
9Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL;
10School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Miami, FL; and
11Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, Department of Biostatistics, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Address for correspondence: Kelly R. Evenson, Ph.D., Suite 410, 123 W Franklin Street, Building C, University of NC, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8050; E-mail: email@example.com.
Submitted for publication August 2018.
Accepted for publication December 2018.
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