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Physical Activity Profiles of Overweight and Obese Women in Rural Georgia

Regine Haardörfer, PhD1; Iris C. Alcantara, MPH2; Dattatraya Patil, MPH3; James Hotz, MD4; Michelle C. Kegler, DrPH1
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1Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory Prevention Research Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
2Emory Prevention Research Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
3Department of Epidemiology, Emory Prevention Research Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
4Albany Area Primary Health Care, Albany, Georgia
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):148-149. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11571.
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The value of moderate and vigorous physical activity (PA) is well-known and substantiated by a large body of research.1 In addition, research on the value of light activity and the negative effect of sedentary behavior is starting to accumulate.2,3 However, little is known about PA in relation to time spent sedentary and the frequency and length of interruptions in sedentary behavior in overweight and obese patients of safety-net primary care practices such as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). This study investigated the PA profiles of overweight and obese women, focusing on light activity and breaks in sedentary behavior.

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