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Keywords

African Americans; Community-based intervention; Exercise; Physical activity; Walking

Abstract

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010, a communitybased program, is a cornerstone of CDC’s efforts to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Six African American REACH sites implemented walking interventions as part of their plans to decrease health disparities. We evaluated changes in walking using annual evaluation assessments (2002–2005) from the REACH 2010 Risk Factor Survey. Walking was classified 3 ways: (1) any walking (≥ 10 minutes per week); (2) regular walking (≥ 30 minutes each day, ≥ 5 days per week); and (3) median minutes of walking per week. Any walking increased from 68.3% in 2002 to 72.6% in 2005 (P for trend < 0.01). Regular walking increased from 22.9% in 2002 to 26.7% in 2005 (P for trend < 0.01). Median minutes of walking per week increased from 126 in 2002 to 150 in 2005 (P for trend < 0.01). Community-based walking interventions may be an effective approach for increasing the activity among African Americans.