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Using the Internet to Increase Physical Activity in a Faith Community

Washington, Enrika; Weed, Latricia Diane; Vardaman, Shellye A.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000180
Feature: parish nursing/research: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Physical inactivity is the biggest public health problem of the 21st Century. Additionally, minority populations have higher rates of obesity and obesity-related illnesses, supporting the need to develop culturally-appropriate physical activity interventions for these populations. For African Americans (AAs), churches promote spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. The Internet offers an innovative medium to produce health behavior change and may be ideal to use with AAs in a church setting. A simple, no-cost, 8-week, Internet-delivered intervention to increase physical activity was piloted in an AA church. Level of activity increased, whereas time spent sitting decreased.

The Internet offers a simple, no cost way to deliver health information. Discover how an Internet intervention to increase physical activity was implemented in one church—and what happened.

Enrika Washington, DNP, CRNP, is a Nurse Practitioner for the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center in Alabama, where she works in vascular surgery. She belongs to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Latricia Diane Weed, PhD, RN, ANEF, is Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Troy University School of Nursing, Troy, Alabama, and is a Fellow in the National League of Nursing Academy of Nursing Education.

Shellye A. Vardaman, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the RN-BSN/MSN track at Troy University School of Nursing, Alabama, and maintains clinical practice in Intensive Care and Medical-Surgical nursing.

Accepted by peer-review 10/17/2014.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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