A church-based physical activity intervention for African American women

Deborah Rohm Young, Kerry J. Stewart

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This trial evaluated a 6-month, church-based aerobic exercise intervention to increase physical activity among African American women relative to a health lecture and stretching condition. Participants were 196 women from 11 churches. Churches were randomized to an Aerobic Exercise or Health N Stretch intervention. Results indicated that physical activity was not different in Aerobic Exercise and Stretch N Health, although attendance in both interventions was low. Both groups reduced physical inactivity prevalence from baseline (26% and 18% decline, respectively). Higher baseline social support predicted change in physical activity, regardless of treatment assignment. Researchers must continue to work to identify successful intervention strategies to increase physical activity in African American women who are at disproportionate risk of chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-117
Number of pages15
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006


  • African Americans
  • Interventions
  • Physical activity
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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