Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death in the United States (U.S.), and is a public health priority. The majority of individuals do not engage in regular physical activity (PA). Hispanics have the highest inactivity rates (51.3%) in the U.S. (HealthyPeople.gov, 2012). This paper reports a gap in knowledge concerning factors that affect PA. Data was collected in Kent and Ottawa counties in Michigan, with Hispanic mothers (N=79) and their daughters (N=79). This study supports the relationship among societal norms, exercise self-efficacy and activity related affect, on commitment to a plan of PA. Theorized relationships appear to be more significant among Hispanic daughters than their mothers. Limitations of this study included a language barrier, limited access to Actigraphs® and winter months that may have reduced PA. Further research is needed with the Hispanic population, with key predictor variables of being physically active and exercise self-efficacy. Implication for nurses include education for why and how to be physically active, and to provide PA programs that are culturally specific for this population that would provide enjoyment and therefore a commitment to PA.
Keep, Suzanne M.
"Physical Activity: Like Mother, Like Daughter?,"
Michigan Journal of Public Health: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/mjph/vol8/iss1/4