Understanding dog owner's increased levels of physical activity: Results from RESIDE

Hayley Cutt, Billie Giles-Corti, Matthew Knuiman, A. Timperio, Fiona Bull

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Abstract

We examined the influence of dog ownership on physical activity, independent of demographic, intrapersonal, and perceived environmental factors, in a cross-sectional survey of 1813 adults. Although only 23% of the dog owners walked their dogs 5 or more times per week, the adjusted odds of achieving sufficient physical activity and walking were 57% to 77% higher among dog owners compared with those not owning dogs (P<.05). Dog ownership was independently associated with physical activity and walking. Actively encouraging more dog walking may increase community physical activity levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-69
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume98
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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