Promotoras Can Facilitate Use of Recreational Community Resources

The Mi Corazón Mi Comunidad Cohort Study

Héctor G. Balcázar, Hendrik de Heer, Sherrie Wise Thomas, Alisha Redelfs, E. Lee Rosenthal, Ximena Burgos, Maria O. Duarte

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Introduction. Limited research has documented interventions aimed at promoting use of existing recreational community resources among underserved populations. This study (HEART [Health Education Awareness Research Team] Phase 2) reports findings of an intervention (Mi Corazón Mi Comunidad) where community health workers facilitated use of diet and exercise programming at local recreational facilities among Mexican American border residents. The aim was to evaluate overall attendance rates and to assess which factors predicted higher attendance. Method. The design was a cohort study. From 2009 to 2013, a total of 753 participants were recruited across 5 consecutive cohorts. The intervention consisted of organized physical activity and nutrition programming at parks and recreational facilities and a free YWCA membership. Attendance at all activities was objectively recorded. Regression analyses were used to evaluate whether demographic factors, health status, and health beliefs were associated with attendance. Results. Participants included mostly females at high risk for cardiovascular disease (72.4% were overweight/obese and 64% were [pre-]hypertensive). A total of 83.6% of participants attended at least one session. On average, total attendance was 21.6 sessions (range: 19.1-25.2 sessions between the different cohorts), including 16.4 physical activity and 5.2 nutrition sessions. Females (p =.003) and older participants (p <.001) attended more sessions. Participants low in acculturation (vs. high) attended on average seven more sessions (p =.003). Greater self-efficacy (p <.001), perceived benefits (p =.038), and healthy intentions (p =.024) were associated with higher attendance. Conclusions. The intervention was successful in promoting use of recreational facilities among border residents at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Findings were similar across five different cohorts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-352
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Cohort Studies
Exercise
Cardiovascular Diseases
Acculturation
Vulnerable Populations
Self Efficacy
Health Education
Research
Health Status
Regression Analysis
Demography
Diet
Health
Recreational Parks

Keywords

  • community intervention
  • health promotion
  • Latino
  • lay health advisors/community health workers

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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Promotoras Can Facilitate Use of Recreational Community Resources : The Mi Corazón Mi Comunidad Cohort Study. / Balcázar, Héctor G.; de Heer, Hendrik; Wise Thomas, Sherrie; Redelfs, Alisha; Rosenthal, E. Lee; Burgos, Ximena; Duarte, Maria O.

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Balcázar, Héctor G. ; de Heer, Hendrik ; Wise Thomas, Sherrie ; Redelfs, Alisha ; Rosenthal, E. Lee ; Burgos, Ximena ; Duarte, Maria O. / Promotoras Can Facilitate Use of Recreational Community Resources : The Mi Corazón Mi Comunidad Cohort Study. In: Health Promotion Practice. 2015 ; Vol. 17, No. 3. pp. 343-352.
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