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Epidemiology of physical activity in adult Polish population in the second decade of the 21st century. Results of the NATPOL 2011 study
 
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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland
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Department of Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Institute of Cardiology, Warszawa, Poland
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Department of Physical Education, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, Gdańsk, Poland
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Department of Preventive Medicine, Medical University of Lodz, Żeligowskiego 7/9, 90-752, Łódź, Poland
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Department of Hypertension and Diabetology, Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
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Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
 
Int J Occup Med Environ Health 2013;26(6):846–855
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Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess physical activity (PA) level in a representative sample of Polish adults.Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional analysis was performed among 2413 randomly selected individuals (51.5% women) aged 18-79 years, who participated in the Nationwide Study of Occurrence of Risk Factors of Cardiovascular Diseases NATPOL 2011 (March-July 2011). The study procedures consisted of a questionnaire as well as of anthropometric, blood pressure and biochemical measurements. Leisure-time, occupational and commuting PA were assessed by the use of a questionnaire interview. Results: About 48.2% of adults do exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of a week. About 11% of the respondents declare a sedentary lifestyle. About 26.5% of working population report hard physical work, while sedentary work is reported by 47.6% of the employed participants. Active commuting is declared by 27.3% of working/studying population. About 47.2%, 36.6%, and 15.3% spend < 15, 15-30, and > 30 min per day, respectively, on this kind of PA. Conclusions: PA level of more than half of Polish adults is still not satisfactory. Promotion of an active lifestyle should concern mainly leisure-time and commuting PA with paying special attention to substantial differences in various socio-demographic groups.
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