Heart and soul physical activity program: Social support outcomes

Jane Anthony Peterson, Bernice C. Yates, Melody Hertzog

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Objective: To examine changes in specific social support domains following the Heart and Soul Physical Activity Program (HSPAP). Methods: This experimental repeated-measures nested-design study tested the church-based HSPAP, a social support intervention to promote physical activity in women. Results: HSPAP participants revealed greater increases in perceived appraisal and esteem support, received tangible support and in the number of physical activity supporters than did the comparison group. HSPAP participants had a borderline significant increase in received appraisal support. Conclusion: As conceptualized, the HSPAP intervention enhanced several domains of social support and the number of physical activity supporters in midlife women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-537
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Church-based intervention
  • Physical activity
  • Social support
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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