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Current Sports Medicine Reports:
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181c27ade
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Increasing Physical Activity Among African-American Women and Girls

Whitt-Glover, Melicia C.1; Brand, Dorine J.2; Turner, Maren E.3; Ward, Sheila A.4; Jackson, Erica M.5

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Abstract

The benefits of physical activity on diseases and risk factors are well known. Despite the known benefits, many segments of the population, particularly African-American women and girls, do not obtain adequate levels of physical activity. Strategies are needed to identify successful and sustainable interventions to increase physical activity among this population. We reviewed literature published between 2007 and 2009 that focused on increasing physical activity or fitness among this population. We identified 37 studies, 11 of which focused on increasing physical activity. This article summarizes the findings from those 11 studies and provides recommendations for improving strategies to increase physical activity in African-American women and girls.

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine

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