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Barriers to Physical Activity Among Adolescents: Results of a National Survey

Room 104, McMurrich Building, Department of Public Health Sciences, 12 Queen's Park Crescent

12:00-1:00 p.m.

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Presented by The Physical Activity Research Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, as part of the Issues in Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents Seminar Series 2003-2004.

Speakers: Ken Allison, PhD and Hyacinth Irving, MA

The purpose of this presentation is to summarize preliminary findings from a national survey of barriers to physical activity among Canadian youth. The survey is part of a comprehensive study of barriers that includes three additional components (focus groups, in-depth interviews, and policy study). Computer-Assisted Telephone (CATI) was used in the survey of a national probability sample of 1,718 youth, aged 13-18. The response rate was 70.1%. Self-reported participation in vigorous physical activity was used as the outcome variable. Participants were also asked to indicate the importance of a large

number of potential barriers to engaging in physical activity. In this preliminary summary of the findings, we will report on levels of vigorous physical activity by age and gender, as well as the hierarchy of barriers reported by males and females. These findings have implications both for further analysis of the data, further research, and for the promotion of physical activity among youth.

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