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A Randomized Pilot Trial of Exercise Promotion in Sedentary African-American Adults

Newton, Robert L., Jr and Perri, Michael G. (2004) A Randomized Pilot Trial of Exercise Promotion in Sedentary African-American Adults. Ethnicity & Disease, 14 (4). pp. 548-557. ISSN 1049-510X

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Abstract

This study compared the effects of 3 home-based exercise promotion programs for African Americans. Sixty, sedentary African- American adults were randomly assigned to either a standard behavioral counseling group (N522), a culturally sensitive counseling group (N520), or a physician advice comparison group (N510). The key study outcomes measured at baseline and after 6 months included cardiorespiratory ®tness and physical activity. Acculturation was examined as a moderating variable. Participants in all 3 groups reported significant increases in walking, but significant improvements in fitness were observed only in the 2 intervention groups. Participants in the culturally sensitive intervention reported significantly higher levels of exercise social support compared to members of the other 2 groups. These findings show that home-based exercise counseling programs are effective for improving fitness, yet the addition of culturally tailored components may not be suf®cient to produce better outcomes than standard behavioral counseling.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: Blacks; Ethnology; Exercise Counseling; Physical Fitness
Subjects: Health
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 16:59
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1182

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