Physical Activity Evolution Framework: Refinement Study
The National Women’s Health Information Center of the Department of Health and Human Services noted that physical activity could reduce the risk of both chronic diseases as well as premature death in women (OWH, 2008). According to a recent CDC report women are less likely to be active than men and African American individuals are less likely to be physically active than their Caucasian peers (CDC, 1999). This disparity in physical activity rates can lead to disparities in rates of chronic diseases and premature death.
There is a gap in knowledge regarding the process of physical activity adoption and maintenance in general, and specifically, among African American women. A team of researchers is actively working to accurately understand the process of developing long-term physical activity participation in a population of minority women.
Develop culturally appropriate strategies to assist women in successfully initiating and maintaining a physical activity program. Completed objectives include:
June 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009
Center for Urban Population Health
Amy Harley, PhD
Jessica Bergstrom, MPH
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Gary Bennett, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD
The Centers for Disease Control. (1999). A Report of the Surgeon General: Physical Activity and Health (Adults). Retrieved January 12, 2009 from http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/sgr/pdf/adults.pdf.
The National Women’s Health Information Center. (2008). Physical Activity. Retrieved January 12, 2009 from http://womenshealth.gov/faq/physical-activity.cfm.