WOMEN’S CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH NETWORK

FUNDING SOURCE: CDC, 1999-2001

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Barbara E. Ainsworth, PhD, MPH

The overall goal of this two-year study was to identify determinants and factors that are important in influencing physical activity (PA) for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Research activities took place in our PRC partner community of Sumter County, SC. In all activities, emphasis was given to female, African Americans from low socio-economic strata. Seven specific aims were completed:

  1. Participate in the PRC CVH Network
  2. Write a literature review of determinants/factors that influence adult decision-making and behaviors for PA, with special emphasis placed on environmental and policy factors
  3. Develop and refine a conceptual model of the determinants and factors that influence PA
  4. Complete focus groups to identify perceived mediators or barriers to PA
  5. Develop and evaluate a quantitative survey related to decision-making for PA
  6. Administer and evaluate the survey
  7. Disseminate the findings among CVH Network members, state health departments with CVD grants, and residents of Sumter County, SC.

PUBLICATIONS:
Ainsworth BE, Wilcox S, Thompson W, Richter DL, Henderson KA (2003). Personal, social, and physical environmental correlates of physical activity in African American women in South Carolina. Am J Prev Med, 25(3Si):23-29.

Wilcox S., Richter DL, Henderson KA, Greaney ML, Ainsworth BE (2002). Perceptions of physical activity and perceived barriers and enablers in African American women. Eth Dis, 12:353-362.

Richter DL, Wilcox S, Greaney ML, Henderson KA, Ainsworth BE (2002). Barriers and enablers of physical activity in non-urban African American women: cultural, environmental, and policy factors. Women & Health, 36:91-110.