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Physical Activity, Exercise, And Nutrition Interventions For Weight Control In African American Women

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Author(s): Matthew Asare | Manoj Sharma

Journal: Acta Didactica Napocensia
ISSN 2065-1430

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 53;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: physical activity | African American | Black | women | programs

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this paper was to review the physical activity, exercise, and nutritionrelated weight control interventions done with African American women that were publishedbetween 2006 and 2010 and suggest ways of enhancing these interventions. A total of 13 studiesmet the inclusion criteria. The review found significant results with regard to impact ofintervention. Twelve of those studies revealed significant increase in physical activity and weightreduction behavior. In terms of use of theory in designing the interventions only five interventionsused a theory. In three of those cases social cognitive theory was used. Appropriate sample sizewas found to be the major strength of most of the interventions. Six interventions usedrandomized controlled design. Recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of physicalactivity interventions in African American women are presented.
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