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Positive Affect, Exercise and Self-Reported Health in Blue-Collar Women

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Objectives: To determine if positive affect is related to the self-reported health and health behaviors of blue-collar women. Methods: Analysis of baseline survey data of 1093 women participating in a worksite health promotion intervention at 12 workplaces in 5 rural counties. Results: Positive affect was related to women's self-reported health and exercise. Also, positive coping behaviors were related to exercise. Conclusions: These findings suggest that incorporating strategies to encourage positive emotional states and positive coping into health promotion interventions might be helpful for improving women's levels of physical activity and overall reported health.
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Keywords: coping; exercise; health behaviors; positive affect; self-reported health

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 2: Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 3: Department of Mathematical Sciences, Ball State University, Munci, IN. 4: Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 5: Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. 6: Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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