2004 Student Research Conference:
17th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors, and Barriers of Physical Activity and Exercise in Cook County Geriatric Patients
Maureen M. Bylina
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

In 2002, AARP administered a telephone survey to 2,000 Americans aged 50-79 to assess overall perceptions of health and wellness; their attitudes specifically toward physical activity; their reporting of former and current exercise patterns and behaviors; incentives and barriers to exercise; and awareness and usage of community sponsored exercise programs/facilities. This national survey was used to assess the knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and perceived barriers of physical activity and exercise in low-income Chicago Cook County hospital geriatric patients. A convenience sample of 217 Chicago Cook County geriatric patients (aged 50-79) were the subjects in this study. The subjects were administered the 10-20 minute survey by a trained interviewer in the waiting room of Cook County Fantus (free health care) Clinic, after they volunteered to participate in the study. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to interpret results and compare them to the national findings.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Exercise, Geriatrics, Fitness, Chicago, Cook County, Attitudes , Behaviors

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 26-21
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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