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ERIC Number: EJ1153589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Barriers and Motivators to Physical Activity among African American Women
James, Delores C. S.; Efunbumi, Orisatalabi; Harville, Cedric; Sears, Cynthia
Health Educator, v46 n2 p28-34 Fall 2014
The goals of the study were to identify the barriers and motivators for physical activity (PA) and to assess whether these factors vary by weight status. A self-administered survey was completed by 413 African American women. Each woman provided verbal informed consent and was weighed and measured by a research team member. The participants' mean BMI was 29.60 ± 7.57. Women reported low levels of moderate vigorous PA in the past week--with zero days (46%), one to two days (28%), three to four days (18%), and five to seven days (8%). Women selected "all that apply" from nine potential barriers and five potential motivators to PA. Women with higher BMI were significantly more likely to report expensive gym membership (P<0.001) and no one to exercise with (P<0.001) as barriers. Women with lower BMI were significantly more likely to report that exercise was not a priority (P<0.001). Women with higher BMI were significantly more likely to report a desire to lose weight as a motivator (P<0.001). There were no other significant variables. The findings suggest that a public health challenge persists to engage African American women of all weight status in regular PA.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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