Health promotion programs in prison: attendance and role in promoting physical activity and subjective health status

Riki Tesler, Ofer Regev, Ruth Birk, Sharon Barak, Yair Shapiro, Yossi Weiss, Avi Zigdon, Kathrin Ben Zvi, Yochanan Vaknin, Gizell Green, Idit Sohlberg, Moti Zwilling, Liav Goldstein

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Abstract

Introduction: Maintaining an inmate’s health can serve as a challenge due to unhealthy background, risky behavior, and long imprisonment. This study aimed to analyze the prevalence of participation in health promotion activities among Israeli inmates and its association with their physical activity levels and subjective health status. Methods: A cross-sectional study was designed to examine 522 inmates (429 males, 93 females). The data were collected by trained face-to-face interviewers and self-report questionnaires. Results: Most of the participants (82.37%) did not meet the recommended physical activity level. Half of the participants reported that their physical activity levels decreased since they were in prison compared with 29.50% who reported that their physical activity levels increased. Physical activity and subjective health status were significantly higher among younger male inmates. Furthermore, participation in health-promoting activities was associated with higher levels of physical activity and subjective health status. Discussion: Health promotion activities may play an important role in addressing the challenges of maintaining inmate health. Implications of the findings are further discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1189728
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • health promotion
  • health promotion programs
  • inmates
  • physical activity
  • prison
  • subjective health status

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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