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Interventions to Promote Physical Activity Among African Americans

Pekmezi, D. and Jennings, E. (2009) Interventions to Promote Physical Activity Among African Americans. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 3 (3). pp. 173-184. ISSN 1559-8276

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This article provides a summary of recent physical activity intervention research conducted among African Americans. As prior reviews have been published in this area, the authors updated the literature by focusing on the past 8 years. Overall, there has been an increase in the number and methodological rigor of the studies in this area. Thirty studies published in peer-reviewed journals were included in the current review. Results from 18 of these studies indicated that interventions produced significant increases in activity behavior among African American participants. Recent improvements in this research include larger sample sizes, more randomized controlled trials, and increased use of reliable and valid self-report measures, objective assessment tools, and theoretical backgrounds for interventions. However, attrition and long-term exercise adherence remain problematic in this area of research.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: exercise, physical activity, African Americans, health disparities
Subjects: Health
Health > Disparities
Practice > interventions
Research > studies
Research > methodologies
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    Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011 11:49
    Last Modified: 04 Nov 2011 10:55
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3067

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