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Latinas are at risk for not engaging in optimal levels of physical activity and are at greater risk than other ethnic groups for being overweight and suffering deleterious health consequences. Motivation to engage in physical activity is a complex issue for Latinas, and future research needs to examine the mechanisms of becoming more Americanized that may adversely affect Latinas’ physical activity levels. The concept and measurement of self-regulation is vital in addressing the significant health disparity attributable to sub-optimal exercise. Sustainable and successful interventions should be family-centered, social, and culturally-tailored as well as derived from triangulating data from multi-method research. By analyzing multiple methods together from different types of data, triangulation leads to a broader understanding and increases the overall applicability of the data gathered. Interventions meeting these criteria are, by nature, integrative as they encompass multiple aspects of motivation to engage in physical activity. This chapter will discuss effective strategies and factors associated with increasing engagement in physical activity among Latinas and the importance of understanding motivation in an integrative health context.

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Physical activity, Latina, Self-regulation, Health disparity, Motivation, Tailored interventions


Nursing--Social aspects; Integrative medicine; Nursing--Research

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Vermeesch, A. (2021). Chapter 12: Integrative Physical Activity Intervention Strategies and Influencing Factors for Latina women. In Vermeesch, A. (Eds.), Integrative Health Nursing Interventions for Vulnerable Populations. Springer, Cham.

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Archived version is the author's accepted manuscript.




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