Older Minnesota State Fair attendees age ≥55 years were recruited to determine if physical activity (PA) guideline knowledge was associated with self-reported PA behavior and physical function. Survey data and repeated chair stands scores were collected and analyzed using logistic regression models. Participants (n = 434) were college educated (75%), women (58%) with a mean age of 65 ± 7 years. Knowledge of PA guidelines was not related to higher PA levels or better physical function. Having adequate self-reported aerobic activity levels was associated with physical function (p = .02). Better physical function (p = .01), lower body mass index (p = .03) and good general health (p < .0001) were associated with meeting PA guidelines. Health promotion efforts should focus on providing opportunities and resources for older adults to actually engage in PA.
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This work was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health [UL1TR000114]; Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grant from the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). [Not applicable].
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- Older adults
- physical activity guidelines
- physical activity level
- physical function