Enter your Email address:
Wolters Kluwer Health may email you for journal alerts and information, but is committed
to maintaining your privacy and will not share your personal information without
You currently have no recent searches
White, James A.1; Terbizan, Donna J. FACSM2
1Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN. 2North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND.
(No relationships reported)
Health promotion programming initiatives need to take into account the diverse cultural and socio-economic differences of various populations. Research investigating the influence of an individual's involvement in a faith community-based health promotion programming (that includes exercise) is limited.
PURPOSE: The purpose this study was to determine if involvement in a faith community-based health promotion program (FCBHPP) positively impacts participants' physical and psychosocial well-being.
METHODS: This cross-sectional study explored psychosocial and physical fitness differences of study participants. This research examined exercise self-efficacy (ESE), depression (DEP) levels, and social support for exercise (SSE) as well as demographic characteristics, physical health characteristics, and functional fitness levels of middle-aged and older adults. This research explored an on-going (2000-2006) non-denominational FCBHPP that was implemented in the upper Midwest. One hundred six adults (mean age = 68.3) from 11 faith communities that offered FCBHPP programs chose to participate in this study. This study also included seventy-two adults (mean age = 68.7) faith community members (NP) from the same 11 FC who had chosen not to participate in the FCBHPP. Analysis of variance was used to determine difference and Tukey's Honest Significance Difference tests were used for post hoc multiple comparisons.
RESULTS: NP had lower levels (p=.0001) of ESE when compared to both of the FCBHPP participant groups who had been in the program for more than 3 years. FCBHPP participants who had been in program for 5-6 years reported significantly (p=.007) more SSE from friends when compared to participants who had been in the program for 0.1-2.9 years and NP. FCBHPP participants who had been involved for 5-6 years had decreased levels of DEP when compared (p=.047) to participants who had been in the program less than 2.9 years and NP. FCBHPP participants that had been in the FCBHPP for more than 5 years had significantly more lower body strength, (p=.026), dynamic balance (p=.013), flexibility (p=.008) than NP.
CONCLUSION: Through continued involvement in the health promotion program participants demonstrated improved physical and psychosocial health.
Supported in part by a grant by MeritCare Health System, Fargo, ND
©2008The American College of Sports Medicine
Colleague's E-mail is Invalid
Your Name: (optional)
Separate multiple e-mails with a (;).
Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Send a copy to your email
Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague.
Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time.
An Existing Folder
A New Folder
The item(s) has been successfully added to "".
Login with your LWW Journals username and password.
Username or Email:
Enter and submit the email address you registered with. An email with instructions to reset your password will be sent to that address.
Link to reset your password has been sent to specified email address.
What does "Remember me" mean?
By checking this box, you'll stay logged in until you logout. You'll get easier access to your articles, collections,
media, and all your other content, even if you close your browser or shut down your
To protect your most sensitive data and activities (like changing your password),
we'll ask you to re-enter your password when you access these services.
What if I'm on a computer that I share with others?
If you're using a public computer or you share this computer with others, we recommend
that you uncheck the "Remember me" box.
Save my selection