Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ISSN: 2582-0931)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 1

Leisure Time Physical Activity and Associated Factors Among Civil Servants Working in Ambo Town

AbebeDechasa and Tefera Likkassa*

Department of Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Science, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author: Tefera Likkassa, Department of Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Science, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia.

Received: December 03, 2019; Published: December 11, 2019



Background: Physical activity is known to decrease the risk of different chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus type 2, obesity, different cardiovascular disease including problems related to atherosclerosis. A study aimed at identifying leisure time physical activity practices among employed adults civil servants in Ambo town 2018.

Methods: A quantitative cross sectional study design was employed on 338 civil servants working in Ambo Town from February 15 to March 15/2012. Participants were selected by systematic sampling and interviewed by using structured and pre tested questionnaires at their office level. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 16.0 software. Bivariate and binary logistic regression models were used to see the association of independent variables with smoking practices among civil servants.

Result: Among the participated civil servants 93(27.2%) have regular physical activity practice at their leisure time in a week from which 40.9% meet the world health organization recommendation of 150 min per week. Average monthly income, gender and age were factors significantly associated with employees leisure time physical activity program.

Conclusion: The overall prevalence leisure time physical activity among civil servants in Ambo town is low and consistence with other countries. Governmental and nongovernmental concerned bodies to public health should consider health information dissemination that stress the health benefits of leisure time physical activity.

Keywords: Leisure; Physical Activity; Civil Servants



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Citation: AbebeDechasa and Tefera Likkassa. "Leisure Time Physical Activity and Associated Factors Among Civil Servants Working in Ambo Town".Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.1 (2020): 76-81.


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