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Edgar R. Vieira, Ruth Tappen, Sareen S. Gropper, Maria T. Severi, Gabriella Engstrom, Marcio R. de Oliveira, Alexandre C. Barbosa and Rubens A. da Silva

new skills or to expand their social network, often isolating themselves and decreasing their level of physical activity, resulting in increased difficulty in activities of daily living such as walking and crossing streets safely. Older adults of Caribbean descent are migrating to the United States in

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Ernesto Pacheco, Diana P. Hoyos, Willinton J. Watts, Lucía Lema and Carlos M. Arango

The objectives of the study were to describe the feasibility of an intervention in older women based on folk dances of the Colombian Caribbean region, and to analyze the effects of the intervention on physical fitness and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). A pilot study was conducted in a sample of 27 participants, 15 in the intervention group (IG) and 12 in the comparison group (CG). Caribbean Colombian dance rhythms were introduced as an intervention that lasted 12 weeks. Recruitment and retention was not optimal. Treatment fidelity components indicated that intervention was administered as intended. IG participants showed positive and statistically significant changes in some components of physical fitness. No significant changes were observed in HRQoL indicators for either group. In conclusion, the intervention was feasible, but recruitment and retention was challenging. Folk dances of the Colombian Caribbean region provoked significant results in physical fitness but not in HRQoL.

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Olivier Hue, Sophie Antoine-Jonville, Olivier Galy and Stephen Blonc

The authors investigated the anthropometric and physiological characteristics of young Guadeloupian competitive swimmers in relation to swimming performance and compared the abilities of these children with those of the young white swimmers reported in the literature. All 2004 competitive swimmers between 10 and 14 y old (126 children, 61 boys and 65 girls, 12.0 ± 1.3 y) from Guadeloupe underwent anthropometric measurements and physiological and performance testing. Six boys on the French national swimming team are referred to hereafter as the 2011 elite subgroup. Anthropometric parameters, a jump-and-reach test, glide, and estimated aerobic power (eVO2max) were assessed in terms of swimming-performance analysis through a 400-m test. This study demonstrated that the Guadeloupian swimmers had more body fat than most age-matched white swimmers but had very poor hydrostatic lift; they had higher peak jump height and they swam as well as their white counterparts. The variability in 400-m performance between subjects was best described by glide, age, and eVO2max. Compared with the group of boys with the same age, the 2011 elite subgroup was significantly better for arm span, peak jump height, glide, and 400-m and 15-m performances. Further research is needed to investigate motor organization and energy cost of swimming in Afro-Caribbean swimmers.

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Mariana Luciano de Almeida, Francine Golghetto Casemiro, Camila Tiome Baba, Diana Monteiro, Mariana Fornazieri, Natália Cerri, Daniele Frascá Martins Fernandes and Grace Angélica de Oliveira Gomes

-up after the application of a PA intervention in Brazil. The search took place in February 2015 in the following databases: SciELO, Latin American and Caribbean Health Science Literature, PubMed, and Scopus. The descriptors were “Brazil,” “Physical Activity,” “Exercise,” “Project,” “Programs,” (indexed at

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Robert Medairos, Vicky Kang, Carissa Aboubakare, Matthew Kramer and Sheila Ann Dugan


This study aims to identify patterns of use and preferences related to technology platforms that could support physical activity (PA) programs in an underserved population.


A 29-item questionnaire was administered at 5 health and wellness sites targeting low income communities in Chicago. Frequency tables were generated for Internet, cell phone, and social media use and preferences. Chi-squared analysis was used to evaluate differences across age and income groups.


A total of 291 individuals participated and were predominantly female (69.0%). Majority reported incomes less than $30,000 (72.9%) and identified as African American/Black/Caribbean (49.3%) or Mexican/Mexican American (34.3%). Most participants regularly used smartphones (63.2%) and the Internet (75.9%). Respondents frequently used Facebook (84.8%), and less commonly used Instagram (43.6%), and Twitter (20.0%). Free Internet-based exercise programs were the most preferred method to increase PA levels (31.6%), while some respondents (21.0%) thought none of the surveyed technology applications would help.


Cell phone, Internet, and social media use is common among the surveyed underserved population. Technology preferences to increase PA levels varied, with a considerable number of respondents not preferring the surveyed technology platforms. Creating educational opportunities to increase awareness may maximize the effectiveness of technology-based PA interventions.

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Diana Castaneda-Gameros, Sabi Redwood and Janice L. Thompson

.0)  African/Caribbean 23 (38.3) 8 (34.7) 10 (37.0) 5 (50.0)  Arab 8 (13.3) 2 (8.7) 5 (18.5) 1 (10.0)  White Irish 4 (6.7) 3 (13.0) 1 (3.7) 0 (0.0) Religion  Christian 25 (41.7) 10 (43.5) 10 (37.0) 5 (50.0)  Muslim 22 (36.7) 9 (39.1) 9 (33.3) 4 (40.0)  Hindu/Sikh 13 (21.7) 4 (17.3) 8 (29.6) 1 (10.0) Migration

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Lacharité-Lemieux * Isabelle J. Dionne * 4 2016 24 2 275 283 10.1123/japa.2015-0019 Feasibility Study: Colombian Caribbean Folk Dances to Increase Physical Fitness and Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Women Ernesto Pacheco * Diana P. Hoyos * Willinton J. Watts * Lucía Lema * Carlos M

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of Perceived Exertion Nicolas Fabre * Laurent Mourot * Livio Zerbini * Barbara Pellegrini * Lorenzo Bortolan * Federico Schena * 5 2013 8 3 263 270 10.1123/ijspp.8.3.263 Anthropometric and Physiological Characteristics in Young Afro-Caribbean Swimmers: A Preliminary Study Olivier Hue

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Javier Brazo-Sayavera, Cecilia del Campo, María José Rodríguez, Inacio Crochemore Mohnsam da Silva, Eugenio Merellano-Navarro and Pedro R. Olivares

regional vision of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and physical education in adolescents from Latin America and the Caribbean: results from 26 countries [published online ahead of print March 15, 2018]. Int J Epidemiol . doi:10.1093/ije/dyy033 29554308 2. Ramírez Varela A , Pratt M , Powell

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Situations and on Dorsiflexion Strength of Older Caribbean Americans After an Exercise Program: A Pilot Study Edgar R. Vieira * Ruth Tappen * Sareen S. Gropper * Maria T. Severi * Gabriella Engstrom * Marcio R. de Oliveira * Alexandre C. Barbosa * Rubens A. da Silva * 1 10 2017 25 4 525 532