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Submitted: 09 Jan 2016
Revised: 28 Oct 2016
Accepted: 31 Oct 2016
First published online: 05 Mar 2017
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Health Promot Perspect. 2017;7(2):52-59.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.11
PMID: 28326284
PMCID: PMC5350550

Systematic Review

Physical activity interventions in African American women: A systematic review

Vanessa Bland 1 * , Manoj Sharma 1

1 Behavioral & Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, MS, USA

Abstract

Background: African American women are at high risk of acquiring chronic diseases due to sedentary lifestyles. This objective of this article was to perform a narrative systematic review of physical activity interventions among African American women published between 2009 and 2015.

Methods: A review of literature in following databases: Academic Search Premier, CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), MEDLINE, PsychInfo, and SPORTDiscus was performed to locate interventions promoting physical activity among African American women.

Results: The search yielded 13 interventions. All the studies were conducted within the United States. It was found that walking coupled with healthy food choices were salient strategies in the interventions. Studies using social support along with healthy diet were found to be more efficacious in fostering physical activity among African American women.

Conclusion: Walking, social support and a healthy diet were found to be significant strategies promoting physical activity in African American women. Physical activity for African American women must build on the constructs of healthier food choices and social support.

Citation: Bland V, Sharma M. Physical activity interventions in African American women: A systematic review. Health Promot Perspect.2017;7(2):52-59. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2017.11.
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