Assessment of Walking Activity Using a Pedometer and Survey in Adults with Mental Retardation

in Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly
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  • 1 St. Francis Xavier University
  • | 2 University of Minnesota
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This study measured walking activity in 103 adults (65 males, 38 females) with mental retardation (MR) using two instruments. Participants wore a pedometer for seven consecutive days and were administered the NHANES III Physical Activity Survey. The mean weekly step count was 58,321 ± 26,896 and only 21.4% of the participants recorded 10,000 steps/day. There was no association between weekly step counts and walking bouts per week (r = .01) or walking min per week (r = -.01). Only 17.5% of the participants reported engaging in five bouts of MVPA per week totaling 30 min per bout. The percent agreement between participants meeting the recommended 10,000 steps/day and those meeting the recommended 30 min of MVPA five days per week was 68.9%.

Heidi Stanish is with the Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA, 02125. E-mail: Christopher Draheim is with the School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, 27T URC, 1900 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455. E-mail:

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