Policy perceptions related to physical activity and healthy eating in Mississippi
Published Date:2013 May-Jun
Source:J Public Health Manag Pract. 19(3 0 1):S97-S104.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4758118
Funding:5R18DP001139-02/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
P30 DK092950/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/United States
U48/DP001903/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Determine the public perceptions about policies related to physical activity and healthy eating to inform efforts to change policy for these important public health issues
Cross sectional, structured phone interview survey
10 counties in Mississippi (5 counties with the highest and 5 with the lowest obesity prevalence)
Random sample of 2,800 adults
Main Outcome Measure
Level of support for each individual policy and summary of support for ten policies related to healthy eating and activity and four related to local funding for infrastructure for physical activity
This survey showed strong policy support among Mississippi residents for a diverse set of policies aimed at promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. This was particularly true for those in counties with the highest levels of obesity. Support for policies related to healthy eating and activity was highest for: Requiring at least 30 minutes of physical activity or physical education everyday for children in kindergarten through 12th grade (93%) and lowest for: Taxing soda and soft drinks and using the money for public education campaigns to fight obesity in children (65%). Support for the use of local government funds to build and maintain infrastructure for physical activity was high across all categories, ranging from 86% (recreation centers) to 74% (swimming pools). The levels of support for each policy, varied according to several demographic characteristics; in general, support for nearly every policy was greater among African Americans, females, and those in counties with higher levels of obesity. Logistic models predicting level of support for healthy eating and physical activity found significant associations with several demographic factors.
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