Ann P. Rafferty

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BACKGROUND Many public health recommendations and clinical guidelines emphasize the importance of healthy lifestyles. Recent epidemiologic studies demonstrate that following a healthy lifestyle has substantial health benefits. The objectives of this study were to report on the prevalence of healthy lifestyle characteristics (HLCs) and to generate a single(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs in a representative statewide sample of Michigan adults. METHOD Respondents to the 1999 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, a random-digit-dialed statewide survey of >2,500 adults, were asked to report up to three risk factors and warning signs for stroke. Predictors of(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing the public's awareness of stroke is a public health priority. Our objective was to assess changes in the public's knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs in Michigan during a 5-year period characterized by a sustained statewide public education effort. METHODS Questions regarding knowledge of stroke risk factors and(More)
PURPOSE To determine the effect of season on self-reported leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) behaviors of Michigan adults. METHODS Data were obtained from the 1996 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Survey conducted throughout the year. Survey respondents were considered active if they reported participating in at least one LTPA during the past month.(More)
PURPOSE Walking is the most common leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) among U.S. adults. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of walking for physical activity and the proportion of walkers who met current public health physical activity recommendations. METHODS We analyzed data from the 1998 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Excessive prehospital delay between acute stroke onset and hospital arrival is an ongoing problem. Translating knowledge of stroke warning signs into appropriate action is critical to decrease prehospital delay. Our objectives were to estimate the proportion of Michigan adults who would react appropriately by calling 911 when(More)
We conducted population-based surveys on direct-to-consumer nutrigenomic testing in Michigan, Oregon, and Utah as part of the 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Awareness of the tests was highest in Oregon (24.4%) and lowest in Michigan (7.6%). Predictors of awareness were more education, higher income, and increasing age, except among those(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Although tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is an effective therapy for acute ischemic stroke, treatment rates remain low. Efforts to address the underuse of tPA include public education to increase the recognition of stroke symptoms and the awareness of tPA treatment. Our objective was to determine the level of knowledge about tPA(More)
INTRODUCTION Adults who have asthma that is caused or aggravated by triggers at work experience a reduced quality of life. In this study, the authors sought to estimate the proportion of asthma that is associated with work using a state-based survey of adults with asthma. METHODS In 2005, Michigan, Minnesota, and Oregon piloted the Behavioral Risk Factor(More)