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Potential health gain by developing a physical activity session in rural settings

Monday, November 2, 2015

Parthasarathi Mukherjee, PhD, PGDPHN, Public Health, Liver Foundation, West Bengal, Kolkata, India
Ayan Biswas, Co-other, Department of Plastic surgury, Ohio State University, COLUMBUS, OH
Background: Insufficient physical activity leading to lifestyle disease, one of the major challenges of the 21st Century. India is a country of diversity and inequality. Inequality still prevails as in the metro cities with the mushrooming of fitness centers; increased physical activity as compared to the past. Whereas, this practice is much less in the district levels and absent in the rural settings. The social stigma and pre-conceived notions of rural people leads to a culture where regular exercise is not a part of daily life!

Objective: Developing regular physical activity session and make it accessible to the rural people so that a behavior modification could be achieved for better health gain.

Study Design: Community awareness on physical activity in 8 villages of Birbhum district followed by participation in closely monitored physical activity session of one year of the willing people. FBS, ALT, AST of the participants were measured before and after the intervention.

Result: Out of 449 participants in the awareness program, 60% agreed to do exercise. After one year it is observed that 50% of those people continuing exercise schedule amongst which 78% is doing regular (5 days /week) while the rest backed out. Prevalence of High FBS, ALT, AST were found to be 11.5 %, 11.5 % & 5.8 % before exercise program, reduced to 9.6 %, 3.8 %, & 1.9 % respectively after one year.

Conclusion: Access to physical activity session can attract rural people even, evidence of improved outcomes can motivate further in behavior modification.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate physical activity session in rural settings

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, Rural Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was on the team who designed the study.
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.