African American Social Support

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Studies have shown that peer support leads to improvement in self-management behaviors of dietary modifications, blood glucose monitoring, and increased physical activity (Murrock, Higgins, & Killion , 2009). Social support provided by peer, family and community members have been effective way to motivated individuals in continuing their attendance in health programs. Health behavior change theories and chronic disease management models highlighted that family support influence individuals affected with chronic illnesses into engaging in self-care behavior (Warren-Findlow & Prohaska, 2008). They are more encouraged by family members to engage in physical activity or weight loss programs. Peer support is also effective among individuals coping…show more content…
They provided insight into the link between dance courses and peer support for improving diabetes outcomes such as weight, body fat, and blood pressure in African American women. They found that by two or more people working together who have the same disease, similar frustrations and anxieties in managing the disease, result in shared knowledge and experiences. The role of social support is effective among African American women to build shared goals in improving their health. Furthermore, gives each woman a way to uplift one another in program to achieve behavior changes to maintain their chronic conditions as…show more content…
A small number of physical activity interventions have been targeted to African Americans. Participating in physical activity program is a preventive method that helps reduce the number of chronic diseases experienced by African American women. By increasing physical activity is essential for African Americans because of their high risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes (Banks-Wallace & Conn, 2002). Young & Stewart (2006) noted that constant physical activity can reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality from coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes in African American women. The risk related to chronic illnesses in African American women can be modified through regular physical activity (Fleury & Lee, 2006). Young & Stewart (2006) also note that this population is among the least physically active subgroups in the United States. King, Castro,Wilcox, Eyler, Sallis & Brownson (2000) stated “prevalence of regular physical activity in this country is low among women, particularly those who are older and from ethnic minority groups.” If physical activity is not prevalent among this population than risks to chronic conditions can

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