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Am J Health Promot. 2011 Jan-Feb;25(3):168-71. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.090413-ARB-138.

A faith-based physical activity intervention for Latinos: outcomes and lessons.

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  • 1Department of Kinesiology, Community Health Institute, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506, USA. mbopp@ksu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot faith-based physical activity (PA) intervention for Latinos.

DESIGN:

Randomized trial, with two churches receiving the intervention and one church serving as a comparison group.

SETTING:

Three Catholic churches near Manhattan, Kansas.

SUBJECTS:

A subsample of the congregation from the intervention churches (n  =  24) and comparison church (n  =  23) volunteered to take part in the assessment.

INTERVENTION:

Culturally and spiritually relevant education materials and activities were developed promoting the health benefits of PA. Educational materials included flyers, bulletin inserts, and posters. An 8-week team based walking contest promoted social support for PA. A health "fiesta" provided hands-on educational opportunities for PA.

MEASURES:

Organizational and individual process evaluation outcomes were assessed at baseline and 6 months. Interviews with church contacts at 6 months documented successes and struggles with implementation. Individual-level variables assessed knowledge related to PA and exposure to the intervention.

ANALYSIS:

Basic frequencies and descriptive statistics were used.

RESULTS:

Compared with 36% of comparison participants, 66% of intervention participants identified health reasons for participating in PA, and 47% accurately described PA recommendations, compared with 16% of comparison participants. Process evaluation revealed implementation successes and struggles, including communication problems with church contacts and difficulty in creating a large exposure to intervention materials.

CONCLUSIONS:

This pilot study provides formative research for developing larger faith-based PA interventions targeting Latinos.

PMID:
21192745
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