190907 Disability and Physical Activity in Florida: The Correlates of Physical Activity among Floridians Living with a Disability using the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 11:35 AM

Caitlin A. Knox, BS , MPH Program, Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Amanda J. Crawford, BS , MPH Program, Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Emily J. Appleton, BS , MPH Program, Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Erin D. Bouldin, MPH , Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
James Rimmer, PhD , Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Approximately 20% of the U.S. population is living with a disability and 56% of people with a disability do not engage in leisure-time physical activity. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between adequate physical activity and disability status.

Using data from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), we used two logistic regression models to compare physical activity levels among people with and without disabilities. The outcome in model one is meeting the recommended levels of physical activity, defined as engaging in 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 times per week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity at least 3 times per week. The outcome in model two is participation in any physical activity. People with a disability were less likely to meet physical activity recommendations, and in particular, the effect of disability was stronger for women (OR=0.66, CI: 0.55, 0.79) than for men (OR=0.84, CI: 0.67, 1.04). Age was inversely associated with physical activity levels (OR=0.44, CI: 0.22, 0.64, for age 85+ compared to age 35-44). Hispanic ethnicity was associated with less participation in physical activity (OR=0.50, CI: 0.38, 0.67). People who had a health care provider (OR=1.54, CI: 1.18, 2.01), reported higher levels of education (OR=2.33, CI: 1.68, 3.25), income (OR=1.16, CI: 0.76, 1.77), and who reported a good or better health status were more likely to participate in physical activity (OR=2.40, CI: 1.93, 2.99). These data suggest public health programs promoting physical activity should include people with a disability.

Learning Objectives:
Through attendance and participation at the poster session, "Disability and Physical Activity in Florida," participants will acquire the knowledge of various risk factors associated with levels of physical activity among those living with a disability. Audience members will be allowed to evaluate and assess our findings and share any questions or suggestions they may have. Through this poster session, the audience members will also be able to discuss and disseminate these findings with other members in the community, possibly instilling interest in others. This poster could also encourage others to develop a similar study, further contributing to knowledge in the field.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Disability

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Currently, I am a second year Master of Public Health Program-Epidemiology student at the University of Florida. This summer, I participated in a required course with my other two group members, constructing a study and manuscript analyzing data from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (FBRFSS). We hope to continue our research with our topic, "Disability and Physical Activity in Florida."
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.