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Physical Activity and Health Outcome: Evidence from Canada

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  • Humphreys, Brad

    () (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • McLeod, Logan

    () (University of Alberta, Department of Public Health Sciences)

  • Ruseski, Jane

    () (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

Abstract

Health production models include participation in physical activity as an input. We investigate the relationship between participation in physical activity and health using a bivariate probit model. Participation is identifi ed with an exclusion restriction on a variable reflecting sense of belonging to the community. Estimates based on data from Cycle 3.1 of the Canadian Community Health Survey indicate that participation in physical activity reduces the reported incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and arthritis as well as being in fair or poor health. Increasing the intensity and frequency of participation in physical activity appears to have a diminishing marginal impact on adverse health outcomes above the moderate level.

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  • Humphreys, Brad & McLeod, Logan & Ruseski, Jane, 2011. "Physical Activity and Health Outcome: Evidence from Canada," Working Papers 2011-6, University of Alberta, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2011_006
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    Keywords

    health production; physical activity; lifestyle choices; bivariate probit;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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