African American women have the highest obesity rate of all groups in the United States. An increase in physical activity is recommended to decrease the risk of obesity associated diseases and premature death. To combat these risks, workplace wellness programs are increasingly being used to increase the physical activity levels of employees. HealthyLife Gym, LLC is a workplace wellness program that collaborates with local small businesses in Inglewood, CA to provide their employees with discounted gym memberships. This women-only gym strives to increase the physical activity levels of African American obese employees between the ages of 35–64. Religion plays an important part in the lives of African American women so the unique collaboration between the gym and faith-based organizations provides an additional source of social support and motivation for the women to sustain increased levels of physical activity.
|Commitee:||Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Business administration, Kinesiology, Health care management|
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