Levels and correlates of exercise in a border Mexican American population

Nelda Mier, Marcia G. Ory, Dongling Zhan, Suojin Wang, James N. Burdine

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Objective: To examine personal and environmental correlates of exercise among Mexican Americans living in the Texas-Mexico border region. Methods: The study was based on data from a community health assessment conducted in 2 counties at the Texas-Mexico border region. A random-digit-dialed community survey was used in this cross-sectional study (n=933). Results: A majority of border Mexican Americans (52%) did not exercise at all. Gender, age, and self-rated health were statistically significant correlates to exercise. Conclusions: Understanding personal and environmental factors that influence physical activity and exercise in this minority population is critical for the development of culturally sensitive health interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Border
  • Mexican Americans
  • Personal correlates
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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