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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 The extent to which dog walking promotes leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) remains unresolved. We describe the characteristics of people who walk their dog, and assess the impact on LTPA. METHODS Information on dog ownership, dog walking patterns, total walking activity and LTPA were assessed in the 2005 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor(More)
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)
OBJECTIVES The level of support among Michigan adults for the use of residual newborn screening dried blood spots (DBS) was investigated. METHODS We analyzed data from 4 questions on the 2008 Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (n = 3,108). The questions asked about general support for the use of DBS for research and for research(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 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)
The validity of self-reported data on the presence of guns in the home obtained in a telephone survey was assessed in samples of households where a hunting license had been purchased or a handgun registered. The survey was conducted among a random sample of Ingham County, MI, residents who had purchased a hunting license between April 1990 and March 1991(More)