The Association between Physical Activity and Self-Rated Health in Atlantic Canadians.

Authors: Yunsong Cui, Ellen Sweeney, Cynthia Forbes, Vanessa DeClercq, Scott Grandy, Melanie Keats, Louise Parker, Zhijiie Michael Yu, Trevor JB Dummer


The population of Atlantic Canada is aging rapidly and has among the highest rates of chronic disease in the country. This cross-sectional study drew data from the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (Atlantic PATH) study to investigate the association between physical activity and self-rated health among adults in this population. The results suggest that physical activity is associated with and may help to improve perceived health status of individuals with one or more chronic conditions. The findings support literature suggesting that physical activity can be beneficial for adults as they age with chronic disease.