Research Impact: Everyone has the right to health promotion through physical activity, although this may not always be the case. In Israel, Jewish and Arab adolescents took part in the WHO Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey and reported their physical activity levels in the past week, as well as family and peer engagement in physical activity. Jewish adolescents reported higher levels of PA, and there were significant associations with the family and peer engagement. This study suggests that ethnic backgrounds are a factor in the complex health promotion research. In regions, such as Israel, where there is ethnic diversity, more research is needed to demonstrate the effects of health promotion in physical activity and how it may differ depending on the type of ethnic backgrounds of the adolescents.
Tesler, R., Kolobov, T., Ng, K.W., Shapiro, E., Walsh, S.D., Shuval, K. and Harel-Fisch, Y., 2019. Ethnic Disparities in Physical Activity among Adolescents in Israel. American Journal of Health Behavior, 43(2). DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.43.2.10