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Lessons Learned from the Development and Implementation of Two Internet-enhanced Culturally Relevant Physical Activity Interventions for Young Overweight African-American Women
Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations
  • Rodney P. Joseph, Arizona State University
  • Dori W. Pekmezi, University of Alabama - Birmingham
  • Jeroan J. Allison, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Nefertiti H. Durant, University of Alabama - Birmingham
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Publication Date
7-1-2014
Document Type
Article
Abstract

This research team has designed and implemented 2 culturally relevant, Internet-enhanced physical activity (PA) interventions for overweight/obese African-American female college students. Presumably, these are the only prospectively designed, culturally relevant interventions using the Internet to promote PA among African-American women. Due to the limited research on this topic, the experiences associated the design and implementation of these studies were syntesized and 5 key lessons learned from this research were formulated. Findings provide insight for researchers to consider when developing Internet-based PA promotion interventions for African-American women. Lessons learned included: 1) Elicit and incorporate feedback from the target population throughout development of an Internet-based PA promotion tool; 2) Incorporate new and emerging technologies into Internet-enhanced PA programs; 3) Maintain frequent participant contact and provide frequent incentives to promote participant engagement; 4) Supplement Internet-based efforts with face-to-face interactions; 5) Include diverse images of African-American women and culturally relevant PA-related information in Internet-based PA promotion materials.

Keywords
  • African-American,
  • exercise,
  • health promotion,
  • Internet,
  • obesity,
  • physical activity,
  • preventative medicine,
  • women,
  • women’s health
Source
J Natl Black Nurses Assoc. 2014 Jul;25(1):42-47.
PubMed ID
25653465
Related Resources
Link to Article in PubMed
Citation Information
Rodney P. Joseph, Dori W. Pekmezi, Jeroan J. Allison and Nefertiti H. Durant. "Lessons Learned from the Development and Implementation of Two Internet-enhanced Culturally Relevant Physical Activity Interventions for Young Overweight African-American Women" Vol. 25 Iss. 1 (2014) ISSN: 0885-6028 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeroan_allison/209/