Pilot Project 1a
The Role of Perceptions and Barriers to Physical Activity in Cancer Risk Among Mexican Immigrants
This administrative supplement project will enroll 50 Mexican immigrants (ages 19-49) residing in the Houston-area and focus on examining perceptions and barriers related to physical activity experienced in childhood and adulthood as they relate to physical activity, a modifiable cancer risk factor, in adulthood among Mexican immigrants.
The specific aims of this study are to: 1) identify perceptions and barriers related to physical activity during childhood that contribute to physical activity in adulthood among Mexican American immigrant adults; 2) identify perceptions and barriers related to physical activity during adulthood among Mexican American immigrant adults; 3) investigate whether perceptions and barriers related to physical activity are associated with objective and self-reported physical activity among Mexican American immigrant adults.
The supplement project will be carried out by Dr. Rosenda Murillo, an ESI at UH. She will be mentored by Dr. Lorraine Reitzel in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences at UH, Dr. Lorna McNeill in the Department of Health Disparities at MDA, and Dr. Qian Lu in the Department of Health Disparities Research at MDA. The supplement project is a supplement and logical complement to UHAND Pilot Project 1 "Mexican Immigrants’ Biological and Behavioral Cancer Risk Based on Stress (PI: Dr. Daphne Hernandez), and aligns with the main objective of the UHAND partnership to affect health equity among racial/ethnic groups disproportionately affected by cancer disparities.