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Correlates of Physical Activity in Black, Hispanic, and White Middle School Girls

Evelyn B. Kelly, Deborah Parra-Medina, Karin A. Pfeiffer, Marsha Dowda, Terry L. Conway, Larry S. Webber, Jared B. Jobe, Scott Going, and Russell R. Pate


A need exists to better understand multilevel influences on physical activity among diverse samples of girls. This study examined correlates of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among adolescent girls from different racial/ethnic backgrounds.


1,180 6th grade girls (24.5% black, 15.7% Hispanic, and 59.8% white) completed a supervised self-administered questionnaire that measured hypothesized correlates of PA. MVPA data were collected for 6 days using the ActiGraph accelerometer. Hierarchical regression analysis was used to examine correlates of PA in each racial/ethnic group.


Hispanic girls (n = 185) engaged in 21.7 minutes of MVPA per day, black girls (n = 289) engaged in 19.5 minutes of MVPA per day, and white girls (n = 706) engaged in 22.8 minutes of MVPA per day. Perceived transportation barriers (+; P = .010) were significantly and positively related to MVPA for Hispanic girls. For black girls, Body Mass Index (BMI) (–; P = .005) and social support from friends (+; P = .006) were significant correlates of MVPA. For white girls, BMI (–; P < .001), barriers (–; P = .012), social support from friends (+; P = .010), participation in school sports (+; P = .009), and community sports (+; P = .025) were significant correlates of MVPA. Explained variance ranged from 30% to 35%.


Correlates of MVPA varied by racial/ethnic groups. Effective interventions in ethnically diverse populations may require culturally tailored strategies.

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Young Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Children’s Fundamental Motor Competence and Physical Activity Behaviors

Xiangli Gu, Senlin Chen, and Xiaoxia Zhang

behavior characterized by an energy expenditure of ≤1.5 METs while in sitting or reclining posture ( Mansoubi et al., 2015 ). Physical inactivity and sedentary behavior are more prevalent among Hispanic children from families with low incomes ( Carson, Hunter, et al., 2016 ; Carson, Kuzik, et al., 2015

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Evaluation of Event Physical Activity Engagement at an Open Streets Initiative Within a Texas–Mexico Border Town

Cindy Lynn Salazar-Collier, Belinda Reininger, Rose Gowen, Arturo Rodriguez, and Anna Wilkinson

attendees meeting PA guidelines via CycloBia event engagement. The third aim is to examine the association between prior event attendance and other sociodemographic factors (sex, age, and Hispanic ethnicity), and meeting adequate PA at the event per PA guidelines. Methods Participants and Procedures With

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Physical Activity and Risk of Cesarean Delivery in Hispanic Women

Lindsey M. Russo, Megan W. Harvey, Penelope Pekow, and Lisa Chasan-Taber

cesarean delivery are more likely to deliver subsequent pregnancies via cesarean delivery. 4 Rates of cesarean delivery in the United States increased from 20.7% in 1996 to a peak of 32.9% in 2009 but have recently stabilized among non-Hispanic white women at approximately 30.9%. 5 However, among

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Patterns of Sedentary Time in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Youth

Carolina M. Bejarano, Linda C. Gallo, Sheila F. Castañeda, Melawhy L. Garcia, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Krista M. Perreira, Carmen R. Isasi, Martha Daviglus, Linda Van Horn, Alan M. Delamater, Kimberly L. Savin, Jianwen Cai, and Jordan A. Carlson

specific, though limiting sedentary time is generally recommended. 10 , 11 Previous work has examined objectively measured total sedentary time in large population-based samples of youth 12 including in youth from the population-based Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). 13 , 14

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Predictive Strengths of Basic Psychological Needs in Physical Education Among Hispanic Children: A Gender-Based Approach

Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu, Tao Zhang, Katherine T. Thomas, Xiaoxia Zhang, and Xiangli Gu

As one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups aged under 18 in the United States, Hispanic school-aged children represent 24.4% of the population and are estimated to increase to 33.5% by 2060 ( Colby & Ortman, 2015 ). According to recent national data ( Ogden et al., 2016 ), the obesity and extreme

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Qualitative Exploration of Family Influences on Physical Activity in Hispanic Families

Jemima C. John, Natalia I. Heredia, Lorna H. McNeill, Deanna M. Hoelscher, Susan M. Schembre, MinJae Lee, Jasmine J. Opusunju, Margaret Goetz, Maria Aguirre, Belinda M. Reininger, and Larkin L. Strong

The US Hispanic population is the largest and among the fastest-growing racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States, representing 18% of the population. 1 , 2 Hispanic populations face disproportionately higher rates of chronic conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, compared with non-Hispanic

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Reducing Screen-Based Sedentary Behavior Among Overweight and Obese Hispanic Adolescents Through a Family-Based Intervention

Tatiana Perrino, Ahnalee M. Brincks, Yannine Estrada, Sarah E. Messiah, and Guillermo Prado

95% of teenagers reporting access to a smartphone, 9 screen-based sedentary behavior is a growing concern due to the portability and universality of these devices. Disparities in screen-based sedentary behaviors are also evident, with Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black youth reporting more of these

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A Systematic Review of Electronic and Mobile Health (e- and mHealth) Physical Activity Interventions for African American and Hispanic Women

Rodney P. Joseph, Kathryn E. Royse, and Tanya J. Benitez

combination of moderate to vigorous PA [MVPA] equivalent to the previously mentioned recommendations). 5 Moreover, when examining the PA patterns of Americans by race and gender, African American (AA) and Hispanic women perform lower PA levels than white women and their male counterparts. For example, only

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Recruiting and Retaining Graduate Students in Kinesiology at a Hispanic-Serving Institution

Ting Liu, Michelle Hamilton, YuChun Chen, Katie Harris, and Rushali Pandya

( National Center for Education Statistics, 2021 ). In 2018–2019, there were 833,706 master’s degrees conferred by all public and private institutions in which White students accounted for nearly half the degrees earned (49.9%), Hispanic students accounted for 8.8% of degrees earned, and Black students 10