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Social Support and Health Behaviors Among Blue-collar Women Workers

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Objective: To determine whether there is a relationship between baseline levels of social support and women's health behaviors. Methods: Baseline surveys for 859 women assessed smoking, diet (fat, fruit, and vegetable consumption), physical activity, breast and cervical cancer screening, and levels of social support. Results: Women had substantial social networks and a high level of interaction with their co-workers. Social support was associated with physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, and cervical cancer screening. Conclusion: Findings suggest that work-site health-promotion programs for women could benefit from intervening at the social-network level, especially for some health behaviors.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. 2: Department of Community Medicine, Community Health Promotion Program, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 3: Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. 4: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. 5: Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.

Publication date: November 1, 2000

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