Impact of self-preference community fitness interventions in high-risk African Americans

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African Americans have a high prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity, but few interventions have been successful in the long term. We describe a 1-year intervention program to increase physical activity and reduce cardiometabolic risk. Interventions incorporated the premise that self-selection into flexible venues and varying exercise modalities would result in improvement in fitness and risk factors. Results of this single-group pretest/posttest observational study show 1-year overall group reductions in body weight and body mass index and cardiometabolic factors including high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and increases in dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry-derived absolute and percent lean mass and lean-fat ratio, and decreased fat mass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-262
Number of pages12
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 23 2016


  • African Americans
  • Intervention studies
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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