Non-communicable diseases and their risk factors have become a major public health challenge worldwide. Some NCD risk factors are well known (smoking, raised blood pressure, obesity) while some like Physical inactivity and Waist to height (WHt) ratio have not been studied extensively. Objectives:
1.To assess the levels of physical activity among adults in a rural area of Kashmir Valley. ii) To assess the WHt Ratio of adults in a rural area of Kashmir Valley. iii) To study the association of physical activity and WHt ratio with selected socio demo graphic variables of the study population. Methodology:
This cross sectional study was conducted among adults in a rural area of Kashmir Valley. Data was collected on socio demo graphic particulars and physical activity. Waist circumference and height of the participants were measured using standard procedures. Results:
52.60% of the participants were engaged in moderate physical activity followed by 29.16% in low physical activity and 18.22% in high physical activity. The levels of physical activity were significantly associated with the levels of education. 30.25% of participants had increased waist to height ratio. Increased waist to height ratio was significantly higher in females than males. Conclusion:
A considerable proportion of the study population were predisposed to Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and their unfavourable outcomes. Sustainable efforts by all stakeholders need to be made and steps taken for early identification and addressing these risks at the earliest.