What Promotes Physical Activity among African-American Youth?
The Challenge: African-American adolescents are more at risk for obesity and physical inactivity than their White peers.
Make an impact: Understanding what promotes physical activity among African-American youth can help with identifying successful interventions.
What the findings are about: This study explored the multiple factors - individual, family, home and neighborhood - related to physical activity among African-American adolescents aged 12 - 16 in Birmingham, AL.
- Boys were three times more likely than girls to achieve the recommended daily amount of 60 minutes/day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA).
- Among girls, family support (e.g. parents encouraging daughters to be active) was related to more MVPA.
- Concerns about neighborhood safety and/or crime were not related to physical activity.
- Findings can help shape programs to increase physical activity among youth of color, especially those residing in the South, where obesity rates are some of the highest in the nation.