Exploring Associations Between Church-Based Social Support and Physical Activity

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Objective:

This study tested associations between church-based instrumental and informational social support and meeting physical activity guidelines.

Methods:

Cross-sectional data were analyzed for 1625 rural residents using logistic regression.

Results:

Associations were found between instrumental social support and performing some amount of physical activity but not between the 2 forms of support and meeting physical activity guidelines.

Conclusion:

Instrumental social support might help initiation of physical activity. Given that 54.1% of US adults get no leisure-time physical activity at the recommended minimum level, instrumental social support might be important in considering physical activity programs.

Kanu is with the Dept of Health Administration and Health Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37209. Baker and Brownson are with the Dept of Community Health, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63104.

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