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UAB Finds Inactivity and Related Health Disparities in African-American Women in the Deep South

A recent study led by Dr. Dori Pekmezi, assistant professor in the department of health behavior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health, focused on addressing high rates of inactivity and related health disparities among African-American women in the Deep South. Dr. Pekmezi – along with colleagues Dr. Karen M. Meneses, professor and associate dean for research in the School of Nursing, Dr. Monica L. Baskin, associate professor in the division of preventive medicine, Dr. Jamy D. Ard, consultant in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Michelle Y. Martin, associate professor in the division of preventive medicine, and Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences and associate director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center; as well as UAB MPH students Ms. Natasia J. Adams and Mr. Cody J. Robinson – conducted focus groups and comprehensive literature reviews to identify the physical activity barriers and intervention preferences.