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Physical Activity Duration and Patterns of Adolescent Smoking Behaviors among a Population-Based Cohort
Colorado Public Health Association (2009)
  • Ashley D Walker, Georgia Southern University
  • Stephen Nkansah-Amankraa, University of Northern Colorado
  • Abdoulaye Diedhiou, University of South Carolina
Abstract
The session will briefly discuss current knowledge and research on the interrelationships among physical activity, cigarette smoking and other risks across the state and in the country. We will then elaborate on some previous research in the state of CO and examine gaps or questions pertaining on these interrelationships (using the existing risk and protective factors). We will briefly elaborate on research objectives and discuss the questions guiding the study. The study design will be discussed and operationalization of constructs/variables assessed in the analysis plan. Finally, we will present the results and elaborate what it suggests in the discussion section. In particular, we point out the modifying effects of risks and protective factors in determining physical activity duration. Issues emerging requiring attention of public health practice will be greatly emphasized. Options for audiences' perspectives and way forward for adolescent increment in physical activity as a way of reducing smoking intensities across the state will be discussed. Learning Objectives: (1) Describe relationships among adolescent physical activity duration, smoking patterns and other health risks; (2) Evaluate changes emerging from physical activity duration in relation to other adolescent risks and protective behaviors.; (3) Explore the supportive evidence of the interrelationships as an opportunity to galvanize other youth friendly groups to advocate increased minimum physical activity duration as a prerequisite for improving health and reducing youth risk behaviors. Public Health Topic(s): Physical Activity, Food, and Nutrition; Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use; Epidemiology and Statistics. Essential Service(s): Develop Policies and Plans; Research; Mobilize Community Partnerships. Target Audience: Public Health Practitioners, Prevention Researchers, Policy Makers, Program Managers and others (parents) interested in improving adolescent health.
Keywords
  • Physical activity,
  • Adolescents,
  • Smoking
Publication Date
September, 2009
Citation Information
Ashley D Walker, Stephen Nkansah-Amankraa and Abdoulaye Diedhiou. "Physical Activity Duration and Patterns of Adolescent Smoking Behaviors among a Population-Based Cohort" Colorado Public Health Association (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ashley_walker/29/