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Increasing Physical Activity Among African-American Women and Girls

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

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181c27ade
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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.

1Gramercy Research Group, Winston Salem, NC; 2University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, Champaign, IL; 3University of Kansas, Department of Applied Behavioral Science, Lawrence, KS; 4Department of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; 5College of William & Mary, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, Williamsburg, VA

Address for correspondence: Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., FACSM, Gramercy Research Group, 500 West 4th St., Suite 203, Winston Salem, NC 27101 (E-mail:

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