Go girls! Results from a nutrition and physical activity program for low-income, overweight African American adolescent females

Ken Resnicow, Amy Lazarus Yaroch, Anissa Davis, Dongqing Terry Wang, Sakinah Carter, Larisa Slaughter, Desiree Coleman, Tom Baranowski

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This article describes the development, implementation, and results of an intervention designed for inner-city, overweight African American adolescent women. Fifty-seven participants were recruited from four public housing developments. Participants were administered physiologic, dietary, and cognitive assessments at baseline and immediately postintervention. Each session comprised three elements: (1) an educational/behavioral activity, (2) 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity, and (3) preparation and tasting of low-fat meals. In the absence of a control group, results were compared for high and low attenders, the former defined as attending at least 50% of the sessions. High attenders (n = 26) showed more favorable 6-month posttest values for most outcomes compared with low attenders (n = 31). These effects achieved statistical significance for nutrition knowledge, low-fat practices, perceived changes in low-fat practices, and social support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-631
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2000


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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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