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Evaluation of a Culturally Appropriate Intervention to Increase Physical Activity

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Objective: To evaluate a culturally appropriate intervention to increase activity in overweight Mexican American women. Methods: Participants were randomly assigned to a physical activity program or wait-list control. Results: Treated participants were not more active than controls at 6 or 12 months. In addition, we found no significant differences in the proportion of individuals who met an objective criterion for physical activity from baseline to 6 months in the treatment or control groups. Conclusion: The intervention did not increase physical activity in this population. Differences in baseline activity and contamination of the control group may partially account for the outcome.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Mid America Heart Institute, St. Luke's Hospital and University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO. 2: Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, TX. 3: Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. 4: Human Genetics Center, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX.

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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