Madre e Hija Illuminadas en Fé

Project Funding Source: The SDSU University Grants program

Research shows that Latino youth and women engage in less physical activity (PA) than youth and women from other ethnic groups, thereby increasing their risk for chronic diseases. Studies suggest that individual and home environmental variables likely influence youth PA. Few studies examine the impact of a faith-based PA intervention targeting families to promote youth PA. Faith-based settings are excellent environments for undertaking PA promotion because they are established institutions with reputations for supporting the well being of congregants. Thirty Latino parent-youth dyads participated in an 8-week PA intervention. Paper and pencil surveys were collected from parents and youth assessing psychosocial correlates of physical activity.