FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OLDER AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN:
ACTIVE AND HEALTHY BROTHERHOOD

Older AA Men

FUNDING SOURCE: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (R21)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Steven Hooker, PhD

The overall goals of this project were to: 1) identify barriers and facilitators to engaging in physical activity for older African American men, 2) broaden our understanding of age and culturally appropriate physical activity for older African American men, and 3) design and implement a pilot intervention to test the feasibility of increasing physical activity among older African American men. In-depth interviews were conducted with older African American men (age 45-84) and those who routinely interact with them will be conducted to explore individual, social, cultural and community structural (environmental) components that may interact with other factors (e.g., age) to impact physical activity beliefs, preferences, and behaviors among older African American men. Findings from the in-depth interviews will guide the development and implementation of a community-based pilot intervention that is culturally relevant and gender-appropriate to encourage and assist older African American men in initiating and maintaining regular physical activity. Click here for video.

PUBLICATIONS:

Friedman DB, Hooker SP, et al. (2012). "We're not that difficult to figure out!" Journal of Health Communication 17(10): 1151-1170.

Hooker, S. P., B. Harmon, et al. (2011). "Exploring the feasibility of a physical activity intervention for midlife African American men." Health Educ Res 26(4): 732-8.

Hooker, S. P., S. Wilcox, et al. (2012). "The potential influence of masculine identity on health-improving behavior in midlife and older African American men." J Mens Health 9(2): 79-88.

Hooker, S. P., S. Wilcox, et al. (2011). "Factors related to physical activity and recommended intervention strategies as told by midlife and older African American men." Ethn Dis 21(3): 261-7.