Evaluating the Impact of a Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention on Body Composition and Adiposity Related Inflammation Among Latinas


SDSU Co-Leader

Elva Arredondo, Ph.D.

UCSD Co-Leader

Matthew Allison, M.D., M.P.H.



Hispanic women, or Latinas, do not engage in much physical activity.  This fact likely adds to the high rates of chronic diseases in this community, including cancer.  The goals of the study are to measure the impact of a community-based physical activity program on body composition, as well the proteins secreted by body fat, called adipokines.  Data will be collected from a sample of Latinas living in San Diego.  Analyses will determine whether body composition affects the relationship between physical activity and adipokines.  The data collected from participants in the physical activity program will be compared with data from participants in a program designed to increase cancer screening behaviors.  The proposed study complements a larger multi-level community trial promoting physical activity in Latinas.

Project Period: 9/1/2010 – 8/31/2012

Selected Outcomes


Arredondo, E., Elder, J., Ayala, G., Sallis, J., Ryan, S., Holub, C., & Allison, M. (2011, July). Faith in Action: A multilevel intervention promoting physical activity in Latinas. Poster presented at the Cancer Health Disparities Summit, Bethesda, MD.