Results of a Culturally Adapted Internet-Enhanced Physical Activity Pilot Intervention for Overweight and Obese Young Adult African American Women

Rodney Joseph, Dori Pekmezi, Gareth R. Dutton, Andrea L. Cherrington, Young Il Kim, Jeroan J. Allison, Nefertiti H. Durant

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Purpose: This study evaluated a culturally relevant, social cognitive theory–based, Internet-enhanced physical activity (PA) pilot intervention developed for overweight/obese African American (AA) female college students. Design: Using a 3-month, single group, pretest–posttest design, participants accessed a culturally relevant PA promotion website and engaged in four moderate-intensity PA sessions each week. Results: Study completers (n = 25, mean age = 21.9 years) reported a decrease in sedentary screen time (p <.0001); however, no changes in moderate-to-vigorous PA were reported (p =.150). A significant increase in self-regulation for PA (p <.0001) and marginally significant increases in social support (p =.052) and outcome expectations (p =.057) for PA were observed. No changes in body mass index (p =.162), PA enjoyment (p =.151), or exercise self-efficacy (p =.086) were reported. Conclusions: Findings of this exploratory study show some preliminary support for Internet-enhanced approaches to promote PA among overweight/obese AA women. Implications for Practice: Future studies with larger samples are needed to further explore culturally relevant Internet-enhanced PA programs in this underserved population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-146
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016



  • African American
  • Black
  • college
  • exercise
  • health disparities
  • physical activity
  • women’s health

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  • Nursing(all)

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