Physical activity motives in rural communities: A qualitative study
APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo (Nov. 2 - Nov. 6)
Methods: Key informant interviews were conducted via telephone, with 62 adults, living in six rural communities in southeast Missouri, who identified as stakeholders, walking trail users, or non-trail users. Participants were recruited through word of mouth and snowball sampling. Interviews were digitally audio-recorded, transcribed, and qualitatively analyzed.
Findings: Analysis revealed variation within the rural population, with each town unique in what constituted barriers and facilitators to PA. Life priorities other than physical health were found to be important motivators to PA and also influenced how PA was obtained. Community size was found to impact community resources and infrastructure, although this was mitigated by poverty rates.
Conclusion: Rural communities are distinct from one another with different views and approaches to PA. Future interventions designed to increase PA should be mindful of differences at the individual and town levels and avoid a one-size fits all approach. Interventions would benefit from insight and support from community members and stakeholders, to facilitate a tailored approach to increase PA.
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