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

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Information Technology | Health Services Administration | Women's Health


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.

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J Transcult Nurs. 2016 Mar;27(2):136-46. doi: 10.1177/1043659614539176. Epub 2014 Jun 16. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of transcultural nursing : official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society / Transcultural Nursing Society

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