Methods: Madres para la Salud is a 12-month prospective, randomized controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of a culturally specific social support intervention with moderate-intensity physical activity to effect changes in body fat, systemic and fat tissue inflammation, and depression symptoms in sedentary postpartum Latinas.
Results: The health of overweight and obese Latina mothers in this study includes low levels of social support from family and friends, high rates of sedentary behaviors, and challenging neighborhood characteristics that are often associated with unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.
Conclusion: These initial findings that describe Latina health status and the related behavioral and contextual factors such as social support and neighborhoods demonstrate remarkable opportunity to assess evaluate intervention effectiveness of Madres para la Salud in addressing women’s weight management following childbirth.
Acknowledgements: Supported by National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research Grant 1R01NR010356-01A2 Madres para la Salud (Mothers for Health; Keller, PI).
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