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Voices from the inside: African American women's perspectives on healthy lifestyles.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20980533     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The author of this study conducted focus groups with African American women to explore their perspectives on obesity, disease causation, and their ideas on the functionality of cultural, social, historical, environmental, and psychological forces in altering healthy eating habits. Reoccurring themes centered on four areas: (a) the definition of health as a mind, body, and spiritual construct; (b) conceptualizations of cultural norms regarding healthy foods versus unhealthy foods; (c) the importance of eating and social rituals on food choices; and (d) the impact of the environment in sustaining healthy initiatives. Structural constraints that uphold legacies of disenfranchisement, environmental injustice, and segregation influence the food choices available in low-wealth communities. These factors continue to operate and are vital issues to consider when designing culturally relevant wellness programs.
Authors:
Jill Rowe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-10-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education     Volume:  37     ISSN:  1552-6127     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Educ Behav     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9704962     Medline TA:  Health Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  789-800     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Humanities and Sciences, Department of African American Studies, Richmond, Virginia 23284-2509, USA. jeroweadjibo@vcu.edu
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