Although the benefits of physical activity are now widely accepted, midlife women, especially ethnic minority women, have low participation rates in physical activity, and high rates of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension have been reported to be much higher than those of White midlife women. A plausible reason for the low participation rate is that the women's ethnic-specific attitudes toward physical activity have rarely been acknowledged.?á
In response to this growing problem, Dr. Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, Professor is conducting an Internet study on?áthe physical activity attitudes?áamong diverse groups?á(Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, African American)?áof?ámiddle-aged women (40-60 Y/O) from different economic backgrounds.
The purpose of Dr. im's study is to explore the attitudes of midlife women from four ethnic groups through an internet survey and 4 online forums. Each woman's unique opinions and experiences will help the research team identify cultural trends in physical activity attitudes. This information will help to improve communication between health care professionals and minority midlife women. Hispanic women are particularly important for this study because the Hispanic population is rapidly expanding in the United States.?á
If you are interested in our Research and fit the participant requirements, please visit our project website for more information and to begin the online survey.