ArticleIndividual, Social, and Environmental Barriers to and Facilitators of Physical Activity Among Latinas Living in San Diego County: Focus Group ResultsMartinez, Suzanna M. MS; Arredondo, Elva M. PhD; Perez, Gabriela BS; Baquero, Barbara MPHSection Editor(s): Rao, Satya P. PhD, CHES Author Information From the Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif (Mss Martinez, Perez, and Baquero and Dr Arredondo); School of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego (Mss Martinez and Baquero). Corresponding author: Suzanna M. Martinez, MS, 9245 Sky Park Ct, Suite 211, San Diego, CA 92123 (e-mail: email@example.com). This study was funded by the National Cancer Institute (R21 CA 122471 and R21 CA 122471-02S1). Family & Community Health: January-March 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 22-33 doi: 10.1097/01.FCH.0000342814.42025.6d Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the barriers to and facilitators of physical activity (PA) relevant to a faith-based community living in a border region. Two focus groups were conducted with 25 Latina churchgoers. Latinas identified barriers to PA that included individual (eg, lack of motivation and time, language, economics, social support, family/household responsibilities), sociocultural (eg, fear of border patrol, machismo, and neighborhood safety), and environmental barriers (eg, traffic-related and dogs). Facilitators of PA were PA knowledge, child care, time management, and advocacy skills. The authors concluded that a church-based multilevel intervention targeting Latinas may be ideal for promoting PA and facilitating environmental changes. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.