Identifying barriers to physical activity among Hispanic women

Physical activity is an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death for women. Determining the barriers to being physically active is necessary if one wishes to develop programs, media campaigns, or environments to increase physical activity among women. This project seeks to conduct focus groups with a predominantly Spanish-speaking Hispanic female population in North Carolina to investigate their barriers to being physically active. Results from this study will be combined with results from additional sites funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and test a model of the determinants and factors that influence women to be physically active. This project provides the opportunity to collaborate with the CDC and to learn about barriers to physical activity among minority women. Foundation funds will be used for conducting focus groups, transcribing and translating focus group findings, hiring a Spanish-speaking consultant to facilitate the focus groups, and conducting a survey among this population in the second year of the project.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $19,511.00

Awarded on: 5/19/2000

Time frame: 6/1/2000 - 5/31/2002

Grant Number: 39361


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

103 South Building
Campus Box 9100
Chapel Hill, 27599-9100


Alice S. Ammerman
Project Director