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Keywords

African Americans, Faith Community Nursing, health promotion, International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Internet-delivered interventions, physical activity

 

Authors

  1. Washington, Enrika
  2. Weed, Latricia Diane
  3. Vardaman, Shellye A.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Physical inactivity is the biggest public health problem of the 21st Century. Additionally, minority populations have higher rates of obesity and obesity-related illnesses, supporting the need to develop culturally-appropriate physical activity interventions for these populations. For African Americans (AAs), churches promote spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. The Internet offers an innovative medium to produce health behavior change and may be ideal to use with AAs in a church setting. A simple, no-cost, 8-week, Internet-delivered intervention to increase physical activity was piloted in an AA church. Level of activity increased, whereas time spent sitting decreased.