Decreasing sedentary behavior by 30 minutes per day reduces cardiovascular disease risk factors in rural Americans

Zyad T. Saleh, Terry A. Lennie, Gia Mudd-Martin, Alison L. Bailey, Michael J. Novak, Martha Biddle, Amani A. Khalil, Muhammad Darawad, Debra K. Moser

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Regular physical activity has been associated with reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors; however, a decrease in the amount of time spent during the remainder of the day in sedentary behavior may be equally important. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of a decrease in sedentary behavior on CVD risk factors among 205 individuals living in rural Appalachia. All participants received a comprehensive CVD risk reduction life-style intervention and measurement of major CVD risk factors and physical activity levels. Participants were divided into: 1) Adopters: those who decreased their sedentary behavior by 30 min or more per day post-intervention and 2) Non-adopters: those who did not. Repeated measures analysis of variance showed a significant group by time interaction showing that Adopters had a greater reduction in body weight and BMI than Non-adopters. These findings demonstrate that decreasing sedentary behavior is important for achieving optimal body weight.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-386
Number of pages5
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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  • Body weight
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Exercise
  • Risk factors
  • Sedentary lifestyle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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