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Cultural Beliefs and Physical Activity among African-American Adolescents

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Objective: To examine the association of cultural beliefs with physical activity (PA) among African-American adolescents. Methods: For a list of 42 leisure-time physical activities, adolescents (N = 116) indicated whether they believed the activity was 'Mostly a Black Thing', 'Equally a Black and White Thing', or 'Mostly a White Thing'. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was assessed using accelerometers. Results: Participants scoring in the highest quartile of Mostly Black score engaged in more PA and were less likely to be overweight or obese compared to those in lower quartiles. However, these findings were not statistically significant. Conclusion: Further research to validate the association of cultural beliefs with PA is needed to inform health-enhancing PA interventions for this population.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI, USA. [email protected] 2: Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA 3: Institute for Community Health Promotion, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Publication date: 01 March 2015

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