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J Transcult Nurs. 2016 Mar;27(2):136-46. doi: 10.1177/1043659614539176. Epub 2014 Jun 16.

Results of a Culturally Adapted Internet-Enhanced Physical Activity Pilot Intervention for Overweight and Obese Young Adult African American Women.

Author information

1
Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ, USA rodney.joseph@asu.edu.
2
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.
3
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester MA, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study evaluated a culturally relevant, social cognitive theory-based, Internet-enhanced physical activity (PA) pilot intervention developed for overweight/obese African American (AA) female college students.

DESIGN:

Using a 3-month, single group, pretest-posttest design, participants accessed a culturally relevant PA promotion website and engaged in four moderate-intensity PA sessions each week.

RESULTS:

Study completers (n = 25, mean age = 21.9 years) reported a decrease in sedentary screen time (p < .0001); however, no changes in moderate-to-vigorous PA were reported (p = .150). A significant increase in self-regulation for PA (p < .0001) and marginally significant increases in social support (p = .052) and outcome expectations (p = .057) for PA were observed. No changes in body mass index (p = .162), PA enjoyment (p = .151), or exercise self-efficacy (p = .086) were reported.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings of this exploratory study show some preliminary support for Internet-enhanced approaches to promote PA among overweight/obese AA women.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

Future studies with larger samples are needed to further explore culturally relevant Internet-enhanced PA programs in this underserved population.

KEYWORDS:

African American; Black; college; exercise; health disparities; physical activity; women’s health

PMID:
24934566
PMCID:
PMC4723286
DOI:
10.1177/1043659614539176
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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