141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Health promotion programs and healthy lifestyle: Black males perspectives

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Matthew Asare, PhD , Dept of Kinesiology and Health, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
Black males experience disproportionately higher chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, heart disease, type II diabetes, hypertension, etc. than any other racial group in the United States. Over the years, efforts have been made by public health professionals to understand and help prevent some of these health problems but applying one-size-fits-all health promotion programs has not helped reach black males. The purpose of this study is to determine the black males' perceptions, beliefs and attitudes about healthy lifestyle and preventive care and culturally appropriate way to promote health promotion programs among them. Methods: An hour face-to –face interview was conducted among 50 black males with mean age of 38 years. Twelve semi-structured open ended questions were used but there were some other follow-up questions. Results: The participants indicated that they do not engage physical activity because of lack of time, do not perceived themselves as susceptible to any chronic disease, and in Africa they do not follow any physical activity regimen. They reported good eating habit but most of them do not know the nutritional components of the food they eat. They indicated that preventive care is expensive and they do not have health insurance. The fear of knowing their health status deters them from preventive care. They indicated that health professionals who have better understanding of their culture, their food and also lead healthy lifestyle themselves are the ones they can trust for health promotion program. Conclusion: Healthy lifestyle promotion programs among black males should be based on their culture.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe black males’ perceptions about physical activity, nutrition and preventive care Discuss culturally appropriate way of promoting health education programs among black males List three reasons why black males do not engage in healthy lifestyle.

Keywords: African American, Behavior Modification

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because the conceptualization, implementation and analysis of the study.
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.