Online Program

Factors affecting commitment to a plan of physical activity among hispanic mothers and their daughters

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Suzanne Keep, PhD(c), RN, College of Nursing, Rutgers , The State University of New Jersey, Grand Rapids, MI
Background: Physical inactivity (PA) is a leading cause of death in the US, yet the majority of individuals do not engage in regular PA. Notably, Hispanics have the highest inactivity rates (51.3%) among all ethnic and racial groups in the US. Objective: Address a gap in knowledge concerning factors that affect PA among Hispanic women and their daughters. HYPOTHESIS: There will be a significant relationship between societal norms, exercise self-efficacy, activity related affect, and a commitment to a plan of action related to physical activity among Hispanic Mothers and their Daughters. Description of Problem: Lack of PA contributes to leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Sedentary behavior among immigrants increases with the number of years living in the US: Hispanic immigrants will lose the comparative health advantages that have collectively been referred to as the “Hispanic Paradox”. PA patterns begin during pre-adolescent years and extend into adulthood. Methods: (78*) Hispanic mothers and daughters (8-12 years); at Catholic Churches and a Catholic School. Surveys related to the variables (for pairs) were in English or Spanish, in paper and pencil format. Demographics were taken. Accelerometers were worn: $20.00 gift cards were given when returned.*End date of data collection: March 2013. Statistical Methodology: random effects ANOVA, correlational analysis, regression analysis. CONCLUSION: This study will expand nursing knowledge to understand the complex issues of factors related to a commitment to exercise to promote healthy behaviors in a minority population that is at high risk for a host of illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Identify factors related to exercise self-efficacy, activity related affect, societal norms and a commitment to physical activity among Hispanic mothers and their daughters between the ages of 8-12 years old.

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, Hispanic

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted my research practicum at Michigan State University with PI, Lorraine Robbins on a federally funded grant: Girls on the Move, for one year. This research study involved middle school girls and variables related to physical activity. Among my scientific interest is understanding physical activity among minorities, especially the Hispanic population. I am interested in assesing factors related to physical activity among mothers and their daughters.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.