Identifying determinants of nutrition and physical activity among overweight minority women

While rates of obesity have increased in all age, racial, and ethnic groups, obesity has disproportionately affected minority women. This is particularly true in New York City where African-American and Latino women have over twice the prevalence of obesity compared with Caucasian women. Unfortunately, despite continuing evidence that modest amounts of regular physical activity and healthy eating can prevent weight gain and promote weight loss, rates of adopting these behaviors remain low, particularly among ethnic minorities. The purpose of this project is to identify psychosocial and environmental determinants of healthy nutrition practices and physical activity among overweight and obese African-American and Latino women in East and Central Harlem. Qualitative research methods will involve four focus groups organized by age and ethnicity/race. These data will be used to gain insight into culturally determined beliefs about nutrition and physical activity that can be used in future interventions. The project will be considered successful if it results in a completed research study published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $25,000.00

Awarded on: 1/24/2005

Time frame: 2/1/2005 - 2/28/2006

Grant Number: 52726


Cornell University, Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College

1300 York Avenue
New York, 10065-4805


Erica G. Phillips
Project Director