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.
Key Findings and Recommendations:
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.