This study aimed to identify intrapersonal, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with engaging in recommended levels of physical activity among rural Latino middle school youth. Data were from an anonymous survey of 773 Latino youth (51% female) about level of and barriers and motivators to physical activity, risk behaviors, and park use. Logistic regression models identified factors correlated with meeting recommended levels of physical activity (5 days or more 360 min/day). Thirty-four percent of girls and 41% of boys reported meeting this physical activity recommendation. Participation in an organized after school activity (p < .001) and in physical education (PE) classes 5 days a week (p < .001) were strongly associated with meeting recommended physical activity level. Making PE available 5 days a week and creating opportunities for organized after school physical activity programs may increase the number of rural Latino middle school youth who meet recommended physical activity level.
Perry is with the Dept. of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Saelens is with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Thompson is with the Cancer Prevention Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Dept. of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.