Title

Lessons Learned from the Development and Implementation of Two Internet-enhanced Culturally Relevant Physical Activity Interventions for Young Overweight African-American Women

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Date

7-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Epidemiology | Women's Health

Abstract

This research team has designed and implemented 2 culturally relevant, Internet-enhanced physical activity (PA) interventions for overweight/obese African-American female college students. Presumably, these are the only prospectively designed, culturally relevant interventions using the Internet to promote PA among African-American women. Due to the limited research on this topic, the experiences associated the design and implementation of these studies were syntesized and 5 key lessons learned from this research were formulated. Findings provide insight for researchers to consider when developing Internet-based PA promotion interventions for African-American women. Lessons learned included: 1) Elicit and incorporate feedback from the target population throughout development of an Internet-based PA promotion tool; 2) Incorporate new and emerging technologies into Internet-enhanced PA programs; 3) Maintain frequent participant contact and provide frequent incentives to promote participant engagement; 4) Supplement Internet-based efforts with face-to-face interactions; 5) Include diverse images of African-American women and culturally relevant PA-related information in Internet-based PA promotion materials.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 2014 Jul;25(1):42-47.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Keywords

African-American, exercise, health promotion, Internet, obesity, physical activity, preventative medicine, women, women’s health