Gender Differences in Self-Report Physical Activity and Park and Recreation Facility Use Among Latinos in Wake County, North Carolina

This study examines gender differences among leisure time activity and work- or household-related activity and perceptions and behaviors regarding park and recreation facilities.

Public parks and recreational facilities offer Latinos a viable option for physical activity (PA).

Latino participants (N=457) ranging in age from 18 to 69 (M=35 years old), living in Wake County, N.C. completed a questionnaire. The levels of PA ranged from “inactive” to “very hard.” Measures of work/household PA and leisure time PA were analyzed separately. Data analysis compared perceptions of PA, perceptions of facility benefits, visitation patterns, and facility preferences.

Key Finding:

  • A significant difference was noted between Latinos and Latinas on work-related PA but no significant differences were noted among leisure time PA.

Latino obesity levels have reached a crisis. Both genders reported high levels of sedentary activity at recreational facilities highlighting the need for alternate settings for PA among Latinos.

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