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Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 6/2016

Comparisons of Physical Activity and Walking Between Korean Immigrant and White Women in King County, WA

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health > Ausgabe 6/2016
So-Ra Baek, Anne Vernez Moudon, Brian E. Saelens, Bumjoon Kang, Philip M. Hurvitz, Chang-Hee Christine Bae


Immigrant and minority women are less physically active than White women particularly during leisure time. However, prior research demonstrates that reported household physical activity (PA) and non-leisure time walking/biking were higher among the former. Using accelerometers, GPS, and travel logs, transport-related, home-based, and leisure time PA were measured objectively for 7 days from a convenience sample of 60 first-generation Korean immigrant women and 69 matched White women from the Travel Assessment and Community Project in King County, Washington. Time spent in total PA, walking, and home-based PA was higher among Whites than Korean immigrants regardless of PA type or location. 58 % of the White women but only 20 % of the Korean women met CDC’s PA recommendations. Socio-economic status, psychosocial factors, and participants’ neighborhood built environmental factors failed to account for the observed PA differences between these groups.

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