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Heart and Soul Physical Activity Program: Social Support Outcomes

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Objective : To examine changes in specific social support domains following the Heart and Soul Physical Activity Program (HSPAP).

Methods : This experimental repeated-measures nested-design study tested the church-based HSPAP, a social support intervention to promote physical activity in women.

Results : HSPAP participants revealed greater increases in perceived appraisal and esteem support, received tangible support and in the number of physical activity supporters than did the comparison group. HSPAP participants had a borderline significant increase in received appraisal support.

Conclusion : As conceptualized, the HSPAP intervention enhanced several domains of social support and the number of physical activity supporters in midlife women.

Keywords: churchbased intervention; physical activity; social support; women

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.32.5.8

Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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