INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN AFRICAN AMERICANS: A Multifaceted Approach

Woodson, Joyce M. M.S., R.D.; Brown-Gordon, Karen M.Ed.; Padilla-Loupias, Jennifer M.S.; Constantino, Nora Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal:
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181c65425
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Abstract

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The reader will be able to:

• Identify interventions that encourage physical activity in African Americans

• Provide examples of how fitness professionals may increase levels of physical activity in community settings

In Brief

This article teaches how to use creative ideas to provide physical activity programs to reach an underserved population.

Author Information

Joyce M. Woodson, M.S., R.D., a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Society for Nutrition Education, is an associate professor and area extension specialist at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the College of Cooperative Extension where her research focuses on decreasing chronic diseases in minority populations through community-based nutrition education. She was a principal investigator of the REACH 2010 "The Healthy Hearts Project."

Karen Brown-Gordon, M.Ed., is an ACSM alliance member and a member of ACSM's Southwest Regional Chapter. She was the physical activity program coordinator at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the College of Cooperative Extension in "The Healthy Hearts Project" where her research focused on creative approaches for successful physical activity interventions for African Americans to decrease cardiovascular disease. She is a recreation/exercise therapist at Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services state psychiatric hospital, working on patients with severe mental illnesses.

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Jennifer Padilla-Loupias, M.S., an ACSM Certified Health/Fitness Instructor® and ACSM alliance member, has been a part-time exercise instructor with "The Healthy Hearts Project." She has worked as an exercise physiologist at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, NV. She is currently employed as a Recreational Specialist II by Clark County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Nora Constantino, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor in the School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Reno, is a member of ACSM and a member of the Basic and Applied Science Task Force. Her research has focused on pediatric physical activity; she has published articles on health, nutrition, and exercise physiology. Constantino was coinvestigator on "The Healthy Hearts Project."

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The work of this publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5U50DP922158-05 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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