Physical Activity Beliefs and Influences from Inner City, Low-Income Children’s Perspectives: A Qualitative Study

Lindsay Heidelberger, Chery Smith

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Abstract

Low-income children are at increased risk for obesity and have low levels of physical activity. The objective of this study was to use qualitative methodology to understand low-income, urban children’s beliefs about physical activity. Children (n = 52) who were 8–12 years old and lived in an urban, low-income household participated in 8 focus groups. Children were predominantly Native American or African American. Focus group questions were based on the social cognitive theory. Open coding methods were used for focus group analysis. Three major themes were identified: (1) community programs and school impact physical activity, (2) physical environment effects activity level, and (3) social factors influence physical activity. Changes at the policy level should be considered to improve accessibility to safe venues for physical activity, such as recreation centers and community programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-83
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

Keywords

  • Climate
  • community programs
  • low-income children
  • neighborhood safety
  • social environment

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