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Original Research Predictors of Physical Activity in the Transition After High School Among Young Women

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with physical activity (PA) in women during the first year following high school. Methods: Females from 22 high schools (n = 915) completed the 3-Day Physical Activity Recall in 12th grade and reported if they were sports participants. After graduation, 305 women (18.9 ± 0.6 years) completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. They reported time spent per day in moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) and vigorous PA (VPA) for the previous week. Multiple logistic regression was used to predict postgraduate PA. Results: The odds of being in the high-active group were greater in women who were sports participants (OR = 1.93) in 12th grade. The odds of being in the high-active group were greater among white women (OR = 2.09) and greater among currently employed women compared with unemployed women (OR = 5.57). MVPA had borderline significance in the regression model. Conclusion: Sports participation and being currently employed predicted physical activity at postgraduation.

Authors: Deborah B. Horn, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Marsha Dowda, Russell R. Pate

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