Health Promotion in Latinos

Academic Article


  • This article provides a review of health promotion research conducted among Latinos. The authors examined 31 intervention studies promoting physical activity and/or healthy diet in Latino samples. Overall, findings suggested that Latinos are responsive to interventions promoting physical activity and healthy diet, despite facing numerous barriers to health promotion. In fact, 12 of the 21 studies that measured physical activity and 19 of the 26 studies that measured dietary behavior reported that the intervention produced significant improvements in those health behaviors. Design strengths of these studies included the high rates of retention and large number of randomized controlled trials. However, there were concerns regarding the lack of diversity in the samples (mostly Mexican American women), limiting the generalizability of the findings and the underutilization of objective measures of physical activity and diet behavior in intervention studies.
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    Author List

  • Pekmezi D; Marquez B; Marcus-Blank J
  • Start Page

  • 151
  • End Page

  • 165
  • Volume

  • 4
  • Issue

  • 2