Physical activity for an ethnically diverse sample of endometrial cancer survivors: A needs assessment and pilot intervention

Amerigo Rossi, Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Carol Ewing Garber, Dennis Kuo, Gary Goldberg, Mark Einstein, Nicole Nevadunsky

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the physical activity (PA) behavior, needs and preferences for underserved, ethnically diverse women with a history of endometrial cancer (EC). Methods: Women with a history of EC (41 non-Hispanic black, 40 non-Hispanic white, and 18 Hispanic) completed a needs assessment during their regular follow-up appointments at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, USA. An 8-week pilot PA intervention based on the results of the needs assessment was conducted with 5 EC survivors. Results: Mean body mass index (BMI) among the 99 respondents was 34.1±7.6 kg/m 2, and 66% did not exercise regularly. Self-described weight status was significantly lower than actual BMI category (p<0.001). Of the 86% who were interested in joining an exercise program, 95% were willing to attend at least once weekly. The primary motivations were improving health, losing weight, and feeling better physically. Despite the high interest in participation, volunteer rate was very low (8%). However, adherence to the 8-week pilot PA intervention was high (83%), and there were no adverse events. Body weight decreased in all pilot participants. Conclusion: These data show that ethnically diverse EC survivors have a great need for, and are highly interested in, PA interventions. However, greater care needs to be taken to assess and identify barriers to increase participation in such programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gynecologic Oncology
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Endometrial neoplasms
  • Exercise
  • Health behavior
  • Needs assessment
  • Obesity
  • Survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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