Conference abstract

Demographic factors affecting physical activity level among local government workers in Lagos State

Pan African Medical Journal - Conference Proceedings. 2018:8(77).09 Dec 2018.
doi: 10.11604/pamj-cp.2018.8.77.659

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Keywords: Physical activity, hypertension, body mass index, non-communicable diseases
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Demographic factors affecting physical activity level among local government workers in Lagos State

Oluwaseun Ebenezer Oladeinde1,&, David Dairo2, Bidemi Yusuf2

1Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja, Nigeria, 2College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

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Oluwaseun Ebenezer Oladeinde, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria


Introduction: physical inactivity is a known risk factor for non-communicable diseases. Workers spend majority of the waking hours at the work environment and so the activities in the workplace can complement the total physical activity levels of workers. The aim of the study is to assess the socio-demographic factors affecting physical activities level of Lagos State Local government workers.

Methods: the study is a cross sectional study among Lagos State Local Government workers. Consenting workers in the Local Government Areas were interviewed using a structured interviewer’s administered phone based questionnaire. Information on socio-demographic factors, medical history and physical activities was collected. Respondent’s blood pressure, body weight, height, waist and hip circumference were measured and the body mass index (BMI) was calculated. Physical activity level was assessed using the international physical activity questionnaire (IPAQ) questionnaire.

Results: among the respondents, 47.4% were male while 41.6% were aged 40 - 49 years; also, 84.7% were married and 51.9% are degree holders. Approximately, 12.9% of respondents were hypertensive. Forty five percent of the respondents were moderately active at the work place while 8.6% were vigorously active at the work place. Fifty eight percent were engaged in daily walking of more than 10 minutes. Physical activity level was associated with female gender (X2 = 10.27, p 0.006), marital status (X2 = 7.40, p 0.025) and hypertension status (X2 = 12.6, p 0.013) while age, religion, education level, grade level and body mass index were not associated. Female and single respondents were twice more likely to be physically inactive [AOR = 2, CI (1.3 - 3.3)] and [AOR = 2.3, CI (1.2 - 4.9)].

Conclusion: continuous health education on physical activities should be intensified among Lagos State Local Government workers to ensure healthy behavioural change.