Demographic and psychosocial correlates of physical activity among African Americans

Aimee S. James, Marlyn Allicock Hudson, Marci K. Campbell

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Objective: To examine physical activity among participants in the Wellness for African Americans Through Churches (WATCH) project. Methods: Both focus-group and survey methodologies were employed. From surveys, frequencies and metabolic equivalents (METs) were calculated for recreational, household, and occupational activity. Results: Half of respondents reported recreational activity ≥5 days per week; most reported household activity. Women had significantly lower levels of recreational and occupational, but not household activity. Recreational and occupational levels decreased with age. Conclusions: This sample appears to meet exercise guidelines. Psychosocial factors may be important for intervention in recreational, but not household or occupational activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-431
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • African Americans
  • Churches
  • Exercise
  • Physical activity
  • Rural


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