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January 15, 2019 - Volume 4 - Issue 2

  • Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM
  • 2379-2868
  • 2379-2868
  • Twice each month

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Participation in moderate physical activity (exercise) has been estimated around 20-25% of adults for decades with little improvement. The association between lack of physical activity and chronic diseases is well known; however, most individuals chose to remain relatively sedentary. It is also known that level of physical inactivity is different across race/ethnicity. African Americans (AA) have demonstrated very low levels of physical activity and suffer higher chronic disease compared to other race/ethnicities. Participation in physical activity programs have barriers such as cost, time, transportation, poor neighborhood surroundings, and others. Use of remotely delivered programs via the internet show promise to diminish these barriers for many health parameters, including physical activity. Cultural tailoring is a method of adopting successful programs to specific race/ethnicities to increase the uptake of programs and thereby conferring the health benefits of such programs. Kariuki and colleagues describe their efforts to identify tailoring strategies to engage overweight AA to participate in physical activity using qualitative focus group methodology. Tailoring the physical activity program to the perceived needs of the participants provides a “precision health” approach that may increase participation and in turn provide a population impact on components of health affected by inactivity.

**Notice/Abstract Submission- please see authors can now indicate their research as translational. Furthermore, notice the translational research abstract competition under Travel Awards. 


Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM