Years of practice, physical activity and low intake of fruits and vegetables in hikers of Bucaramanga, Colombia.
ISPAH ePoster Library. Gabriel Rangel L. Oct 15, 2018; 225476; 162
Prof. Luis Gabriel Rangel
Prof. Luis Gabriel Rangel
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Abstract IntroductionWorld Health Organization (WHO) contemplates physical inactivity, low intake of fruits and vegetables, harmful use of alcohol and tobacco use as behavioral risk factors (BRFs) that increase the risk of suffering noncommunicable diseases. Scientific evidence has established that hiking is a type of physical activity (PA) in nature that provides health benefits. The objective of this study was to assess the association between years of practice and BRFs in hikers of Bucaramanga, Colombia.MethodsAnalytical cross sectional study carried out in 170 hikers. Descriptive, as well as, bivariate and multivariate analysis were realized using regression binomial models. To collect data, the Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factor Surveillance from WHO was utilized. Every participant of the study signed written consent.Results All participants were physically active, 20.59% showed binge drinking, 3.53% were current smokers and 81.18% reported low intake of fruits and vegetables. After adjusting by sex, age, academic degree, marital status and the other three BRFs, less than five years of hiking practice was associated with less minutes of PA per week (PR: 2.47, IC 95%: 1.24;4.93, p=0.010) and low intake of fruits and vegetables (PR: 2.68, IC 95%: 1.92;7.81, p=0.039).Conclusion Less minutes of PA per week and low intake of fruits and vegetables were less frequent among hikers who reported more than five years of practice compare with those who reported less than five years of practice. It´s important to promote among hikers the consumption of at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
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