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Am J Health Behav. 2007 Nov-Dec;31(6):622-31.

Promoting physical activity for low-income minority women in primary care.

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  • 1Florida State University College of Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities & Social Sciences, Tallahassee, FL, 32306, USA. gareth.dutton@med.fsu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the effects of a primary-care weight management intervention on physical activity (PA) among overweight/obese women.

METHODS:

This randomized controlled trial included 139 women (92% African American). The effects of a physician-delivered tailored intervention were compared with standard care. Repeated measures analyses of variance (ANOVA) were used to examine changes in PA (measured by a 7-day physical activity recall) and physical fitness (measured by heart rate recovery following exercise).

RESULTS:

Although the intervention group demonstrated an increase in PA, this did not differ significantly from standard care. A significantly greater proportion of intervention participants (90%) achieved current PA recommendations compared with standard care (77%), P<.03.

CONCLUSION:

These results provide novel information suggesting that a physician-delivered intervention may have limited effectiveness for increasing PA among this at-risk population.

PMID:
17691875
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.6.622
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