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Influences on Physical Activity Participation Among Latinas: An Ecological Perspective

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Objectives : To explore intrapersonal, social environmental, and physical environmental influences that promote or impede total physical activity (TPA) among Latinas in Lee County, Florida.

Methods : Indepth interviews (n41) and face-to-face surveys (n358).

Results : Women who worked outside the home had positive attitudes about activity, perceived themselves to have access to activity facilities, and perceived their neighborhood to be safe reported higher TPA. Women who had more education and whose health information source was radio had lower TPA.

Conclusions : Intrapersonal and environmental factors influence TPA levels among Latinas. Segmenting Latina groups using these factors may promote more involvement in physical activity through targeted programs and messages.

Keywords: Latina health; minority and cross-border health; physical activity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science and Health Education, Institute of Public Health, Humphries Science Research Center, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL.

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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