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cardiovascular risk reduction, health promotion, Hispanic women, physical activity



  1. Keller, Colleen PhD, RN-C, FNP
  2. Fleury, Julie PhD, FAAN


Hispanic women are more likely to be sedentary than the general population. Increasing physical activity in this at-risk group is an important challenge in the prevention and management of coronary heart disease. This article reviews research conducted with Hispanic women in whom physical activity was the primary focus of study or the primary outcome of interest. Computer and manual searches were performed to identify articles published from 1990 to 2005. Factors that influence physical activity in Hispanic women include self-efficacy, having a concern for own and family health, social support and norms for physical activity, serving as a role model to others, and perceived neighborhood resources. Despite significant efforts to understand and promote physical activity among Hispanic women, much work remains to be done in this area. Future research should include attention to cultural, social, and contextual resources in understanding and promoting physical activity.