5107.0 Physical Activity Interventions Designed to Reduce Health Disparities

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 10:30 AM
National data indicate that racial/ethnic minorities are at an increased risk of chronic disease, as well as for low levels of physical activity which is a primary chronic disease risk factor. Thus, programs to improve physical activity are a viable strategy to help reduce health disparities among youth and adults. This session will highlight 4 projects aimed at promoting physical activity to some of the most vulnerable populations. Attendees will learn about the challenges and successes of physical activity intervention and evaluation approaches which can be incorporated into their work.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify enablers and barriers to implementing physical activity interventions in low income, urban settings. 2. Recognize factors associated with the successful utilization of the promotores model to promote physical activity to Latinos/Latinas. 3. Describe innovative evaluation procedures for physical activity programs targeting racial/ethnic minorities. 4. Identify supplemental environmental and policy strategies to promote physical activity in underserved communities.

10:30 AM
Pasos Adelante: A community based intervention for chronic disease prevention for Latino populations
Denise J. Roe, DrPH, Gail Bradford, MS, Rosie E. Stewart, MPH and Lisa K. Staten, PhD
10:50 AM
Caminando con Fe (Walking with Faith): A church-based Multi-Level Intervention Promoting Physical Activity in Latinas
Elva M. Arredondo, PhD, Elizabeth Mejia, MS, Elizabeth Pastrana, Suzanna M. Martinez, MS, John P. Elder, PhD, MPH and Nadia Campbell, MPH
11:10 AM
Implementing a rhythmic movement and health education intervention in a predominantly African American community
Kenneth Sparks, PhD, Mary Motley, MA, Lena L. Grafton, MPH, CHES, Artelia Johnson, Lisa Hunt, Tomaraa Green and Peter J. Whitt, MSW, LSW
11:30 AM
Title: Changing Children's Lives: Overcoming Systemic Barriers in Education Administration to Address Childhood Obesity in an Urban Community
Judith Anderson, BA, Rev. Jimmy Rowe, Patricia A. Pastore, FNP, Renee Cadzow, MA, Reva Fish, PhD and Andrew Swanson, MA

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Epidemiology, Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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