Understanding dog owners' increased levels of physical activity : results from RESIDE

Cutt, Hayley, Giles-Corti, Billie, Knuiman, Matthew, Timperio, Anna and Bull, Fiona 2008, Understanding dog owners' increased levels of physical activity : results from RESIDE, American journal of public health, vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 66-69.

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Title Understanding dog owners' increased levels of physical activity : results from RESIDE
Author(s) Cutt, Hayley
Giles-Corti, Billie
Knuiman, Matthew
Timperio, Anna
Bull, Fiona
Journal name American journal of public health
Volume number 98
Issue number 1
Start page 66
End page 69
Total pages 4
Publisher American Public Health Association
Place of publication N.Y., N.Y.
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 0090-0036
1541-0048
Keyword(s) dog ownders - health
walking - physiological aspects
physical fitness - research
human-animal relaionships
human behaviour - research
pet owners - health
pets - exercise
Summary We examined the influence of dog ownership on physical activity, independent of demographic, intrapersonal, and perceived environmental factors, in a cross-sectional survey of 1813 adults. Although only 23% of the dog owners walked their dogs 5 or more times per week, the adjusted odds of achieving sufficient physical activity and walking were 57% to 77% higher among dog owners compared with those not owning dogs (P<.05). Dog ownership was independently associated with physical activity and walking. Actively encouraging more dog walking may increase community physical activity levels.
Language eng
Field of Research 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017797

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