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Faith-Based Exercise Gets Them Out of the Pews

Posted by jcmaziquemd on October 11, 2010

Faith-Based Exercise Gets Them Out of the Pews

By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: October 07, 2010
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner

Preaching to the choir may actually be an effective strategy, at least is when the sermon involves the benefits of exercise, according to a study of older African-American women.

Older African-American women who attended a weekly exercise program that also included scripture readings and group prayer increased their physical activity significantly more than those who exercised but listened to secular lectures, according to Obidiugwu Kenrik Duru, MD, of the University of California Los Angeles, and colleagues.

They reported their findings in theJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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