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dc.contributorWichita State University. Department of Psychologyen_US
dc.contributor.authorLewis, Rhonda K.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPaschal, Angelia M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorRedmond, Michelle L.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGreen, B. Leeen_US
dc.contributor.authorCarmack, Chakema C.en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal of community health. 2008 Oct; 33(5): 351-6.en_US
dc.descriptionClick on the DOI link below to access the article (may not be free).en_US
dc.description.abstractAfrican Americans continue to die disproportionately from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Eating fruits and vegetables have been shown to reduce those risks yet little is known about the health attitudes of African American adolescents and their eating habits and engagement in physical activity. A survey was administered to African American adolescents in a Midwestern city to determine the health attitudes and behaviors related to dietary intake and physical activity. The total sample consisted of 448 African American adolescents aged 12-17. Forty-seven percent were males and 53% were females. The findings show that African American adolescents did have poor fruit and vegetable intake and fairly low rates of exercise. The study also showed there were statistically significant differences between males and females regarding eating a balanced diet, reducing the amount of fat in diets and engaging in physical activity. African American females were more likely to eat a balanced diet and have reduced the fat in their diets than males but African American males were more likely to engage in physical activity in the past 7 days than females. Findings suggest more efforts are needed to curb the poor eating and exercising habits of African American adolescents if a reduction in chronic disease is to be met for this population.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer New York LLCen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of Community Healthen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJ Community Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshAfrican Americansen_US
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Behavioren_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Surveysen_US
dc.subject.meshRisk Reduction Behavioren_US
dc.titleHealth attitudes and behaviors of African American adolescentsen_US
dc.coverage.spacialUnited Statesen_US
dc.description.versionpeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright © 2008 Springeren_US

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