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SDSU: Study Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Physical Activity with Pre-Adolescent Girls Awarded the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD R21 Grant

Dr. Elva Arredondo, professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science at the San Diego State University School of Public Health, along with Ms. Jessica Haughton, project manager, and other team members from the Institute of Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH) have received a new award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). A previous pilot study led by Dr. Elva Arredondo found the program to be feasible and acceptable among mother-daughters. These findings led to the development of a follow up study, “A Mother-Daughter Intervention to Promote Physical Activity.” The study will focus on increasing physical activitiy (PA) among pre-adolescent Latinas in San Diego through a 12-week group-based program with 90 mother-daughter groups.

Accelerometers will assess PA at baseline, 12-week and 24-week follow-up surveys exploring facilitators of and barriers to PA and strategies to increase activity. Collaborations with the YMCA and San Diego Parks and Recreation will enable greater community engagement as well as sustainment and dissemination. 

The study is innovative as it uses family community strategies to engage mothers and their pre-adolescent daughters.  The study will advance identifying targets of change to ameliorate preventable chronic diseases. IBACH, in partnership with the YMCA and San Diego Parks and Recreation, hope to learn how to implement and sustain this program so that it can be disseminated to other centers and reach more communities.

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