Personal and psychosocial predictors of intent to increase physical activity, decrease weight and participate in health promotion programs
The occurrence of obesity and lack of physical activity among adults are major health issues in the United States. The purpose of this study was to identify the best set of personal and psychosocial factors that predict intention to increase physical activity, lose weight and participate in health programs. An exploratory, secondary analysis design was conducted using data from Western New York Wellness Works. Using logistic regression, age, gender, BMI score, and education predicted intent to increase physical activity and lose weight. Cigarette smoking and self perception of health predicted intent to lose weight and number of drinks per week predicted intent to increase physical activity. Both intent to increase physical activity and lose weight predicted intent to participate in health programs in the future. These results can be incorporated in the design of future interventions to improve physical activity, promote weight loss, and encourage participation in health promotion program.