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Increased physical activity tied to tidy home

November 22, 2017

The study used a combination of self-assessments and objective assessments to gauge study participants' perceptions of their neighborhood and residences. Researchers based in St. Louis rated the interior and exterior of the dwellings and immediate vicinity, including such things as cleanliness, furnishings, noise, air quality and conditions of the dwelling and those of nearby buildings.

The seasonally adjusted Yale Physical Activity Scale was used to assess physical activity. The YPAS was adjusted to take into consideration the self-assessments and object assessments along with demographic, socioeconomic, health conditions and physical measures involving subjects.

Keith said the findings were unexpected and raise more questions. They suggest that something about the condition of someone's residence drives physical activity, she said, or that people are being physically active while they keep their homes tidy.

"Are the types of people who take care of their bodies the same types of people who take care of their homes?" she asked.

Keith is presenting her findings on Wednesday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Hall C during the Environment, Policy and Physical Activity session.

Source: Indiana University