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Feasibility and Preliminary Findings of a Church-Based Mother-Daughter Pilot Study Promoting Physical Activity Among Young Latinas

Arredondo, Elva M. PhD; Morello, Monica MPH; Holub, Christina PhD; Haughton, Jessica MPH, MA

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000015
Original Articles

Physical activity (PA) rates in young Latina girls are low. This study examined acceptability and feasibility of implementing a mother-daughter intervention targeting individual and family-level correlates of PA. Eleven mother-daughter dyads participated in an 8-week intervention promoting PA in preadolescents. Preliminary data suggest increases in self-report PA, reductions in television watching, and improvements in parenting and mother-daughter communication. Focus group data suggest that participants benefited from receiving the intervention in a group format. Findings suggest that mother-daughter interventions promoting PA in young Latinas are feasible. Physical activity may improve family communication and mother-daughter relations.

Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, San Diego State University, California.

Correspondence: Elva M. Arredondo, PhD, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, San Diego State University, 9245 Sky Park Ct, Ste 221, San Diego, CA 92123 (earredondo@projects.sdsu.edu).

San Diego State University Grants Program has funded the study.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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