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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2011, Article ID 512363, 6 pages
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Social and Health Factors Associated with Physical Activity among Kuwaiti College Students

1Department of Community Medicine and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 24923, 13110 Safat, Kuwait
2Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Room L408, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3V4
3School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z3
4Division of Cardiology, University of British Columbia, St. Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6Z 1Y6

Received 11 November 2010; Revised 27 December 2010; Accepted 27 February 2011

Academic Editor: Terry Huang

Copyright © 2011 Abdulwahab Naser Al-Isa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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