-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College-educated
Americans tend to be more physically active on weekends, while
adults without a high school diploma are more active on weekdays, a
new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from the 2005-2006 U.S. National
Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that people with
a college degree were inactive an average of 8.72 hours a day on
weekdays, compared with 7.48 hours for people without a high school
On weekends, people with a college degree were inactive an
average of 8.12 hours per day, compared with 7.86 hours per day for
people without a high school diploma, according to the study
scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the annual meeting of the
American Sociological Association in San Francisco.
These patterns came as no surprise because previous research has
found that people with lower levels of education tend to be more
physically active at their jobs during the week, said study lead
author Jarron Saint Onge, an assistant professor of sociology at
the University of Kansas.
However, that work-related activity tends to be low intensity
and typically involves repetitive motions that can have harmful
health effects, Saint Onge noted.
Study co-author Kyle Chapman, a doctoral candidate in sociology
at the University of Kansas, pointed out that "education affects
people both at the individual level and at their social level.
Physical activity is encouraged or discouraged in different
groups," he said in an association news release.
The study findings could be used to develop public health
programs to increase physical activity based on people's education
levels, he suggested.
"You have to be flexible. We have to give people different ideas. We have to have discussions on what works for some and what works for others," Chapman said.
Data and conclusions presented at meetings are typically
considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
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