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Exploring the meaning of, the barriers to and potential strategies for promoting physical activity among urban Indigenous Australians

Hunt, Julian, Marshall, Alison L., & Jenkins, David (2008) Exploring the meaning of, the barriers to and potential strategies for promoting physical activity among urban Indigenous Australians. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 19(2), pp. 102-108.

Abstract

Issue addressed: There is evidence that many of the chronic lifestyle-related problems faced by Australia/s Indigenous population are related to physical inactivity. However, little is known as to how to introduce physical activity programs that will be meaningful, relevant and acceptable to Australia/s Indigenous people. Methods: Seventeen focus groups involving 96 Indigenous adult participants, explored the meaning of, the barriers to/ and potential strategies for promoting physical activity among urban Indigenous Australians. Indigenous researchers moderated the groups and data were transcribed verbatim and analysed independently.

Results: The relationship between physical activity and health was well understood by participants. Commonl) reported activities undertaken by participants included walking, domestic chores and specific sports. Barriers to activity included being judged by others when in public spaces, cost and accessibility. Family engagement and group-based activities were strong motivators for participation.

Conclusions: Attempts to increase physical activity among urban Indigenous Australians must engage the community from the outset, and focus on increased opportunities for family-orientated activities, and/or group walking programs; cost and safety must also be addressed.

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ID Code: 18889
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Physical activity, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Walking
ISSN: 1036-1073
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Promotion (111712)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 07 May 2009 22:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:51

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