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Objective: To examine the associations of cognitive, behavioral, and physical stress with health-promoting nutrition behaviors (HPNB) among African American women who are at risk for or diagnosed with hypertension and/or related health conditions. Methods:
Eighty women completed demographic and medical data forms and questionnaires to assess levels of stress and HPNB. Results: HPNB was negatively associated with behavioral stress and positively associated with physical stress among the participants. Conclusions:
This research suggested strategies for increasing HPNB in African American women. Future research should focus on how these women cope with stress.
1 Doctoral Candidate, University of Florida, Department of Psychology, Gainesville, FL.
Publication date: November 1, 2009
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