Physical activity and sedentary behaviors in postpartum Latinas: Madres para la Salud

Barbara Ainsworth, Colleen Keller, Stephen Herrmann, Michael Belyea, Kathryn Records, Allison Nagle-Williams, Sonia Vega-Lopez, Paska Permana, Dean V. Coonrod

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PURPOSE: To describe the physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviors of postpartum Latinas who are overweight or obese before initiating Madres para la Salud, a social support-mediated walking intervention to promote postpartum weight loss. METHODS: One hundred thirty-nine postpartum women (13.6 ± 7.7 wk since childbirth, age = 28.3 ± 5.6 yr, BMI = 29.7 ± 3.5 kg·m-1; mean ± SD), recruited from organizations serving Latino residents in the Phoenix, Arizona, area completed the Stanford Brief Activity Survey and concurrently wore an accelerometer (ActiGraph) and a pedometer for 7 d and kept a PA record. RESULTS: Most were classified as inactive and lightly active on the Stanford Brief Activity Survey (51% inactive, 37% light, 11% moderate). Most time was spent in sedentary (512.0 ± 169.9 min·d-1) and light-intensity PA (242.4 ± 51.4 min·d) with less time in moderate-intensity lifestyle (78.3 ± 39.9 min·d-1), moderate-intensity walking (16.6 ± 14.4 min·d), and vigorous-intensity PA (0.34 ± 1.5 min·d -1). Pedometer steps per day were low (total = 4973 ± 2202 steps, aerobic = 412 ± 774 steps), with most participants rated as sedentary (61%) or low active (28.1%). Consistent with objective PA measures, PA records showed more time spent in light-intensity PA such as home care, cooking, child care and self-care tasks, occupation, religious events, and watching television. CONCLUSION: By and large, the postpartum Latinas enrolled spent most of their day in low-intensity activity levels with little time spent in health-enhancing PA levels/behaviors. This demographic should be the focus of PA interventions to increase PA to health-enhancing levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1298-1306
Number of pages9
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Volume45
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

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Hispanic Americans
Postpartum Period
Exercise
Light
Walking
Television
Cooking
Home Care Services
Self Care
Child Care
Occupations
Social Support
Health Status
Life Style
Weight Loss
Demography
Parturition
Organizations
Health

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Ainsworth, B., Keller, C., Herrmann, S., Belyea, M., Records, K., Nagle-Williams, A., ... Coonrod, D. V. (2013). Physical activity and sedentary behaviors in postpartum Latinas: Madres para la Salud. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(7), 1298-1306. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182863de5

Physical activity and sedentary behaviors in postpartum Latinas : Madres para la Salud. / Ainsworth, Barbara; Keller, Colleen; Herrmann, Stephen; Belyea, Michael; Records, Kathryn; Nagle-Williams, Allison; Vega-Lopez, Sonia; Permana, Paska; Coonrod, Dean V.

In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol. 45, No. 7, 07.2013, p. 1298-1306.

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Ainsworth, B, Keller, C, Herrmann, S, Belyea, M, Records, K, Nagle-Williams, A, Vega-Lopez, S, Permana, P & Coonrod, DV 2013, 'Physical activity and sedentary behaviors in postpartum Latinas: Madres para la Salud', Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 45, no. 7, pp. 1298-1306. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182863de5
Ainsworth, Barbara ; Keller, Colleen ; Herrmann, Stephen ; Belyea, Michael ; Records, Kathryn ; Nagle-Williams, Allison ; Vega-Lopez, Sonia ; Permana, Paska ; Coonrod, Dean V. / Physical activity and sedentary behaviors in postpartum Latinas : Madres para la Salud. In: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2013 ; Vol. 45, No. 7. pp. 1298-1306.
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