Research Brief| Volume 50, ISSUE 10, P1026-1031, November 2018

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Lessons Learned From a Feasibility Study Delivered in 2 WIC Sites to Promote Physical Activity Among Pregnant Latinas



      To assess the feasibility, including demand for and acceptability of a physical activity (PA) intervention among pregnant Latinas recruited at the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).


      Women <20 weeks gestation and self-reporting <150 minutes of PA/wk were recruited from 2 WIC locations in Southern California. The 9-wk, promotora-led intervention included 1-hour sessions and 2 walking groups/wk.


      WIC was supportive of recruitment, intervention, and evaluation activities. Of an estimated pool of 525 women at <20 wks gestation, 141 expressed interest, 108 were screened for eligibility, and 21 were enrolled. Of the 21 who enrolled, 12 completed the postintervention assessment (7 in the participant group and 5 in the nonparticipant group).

      Conclusions and Implications

      Demand and acceptability will need to be improved before this intervention can be considered feasible, potentially by extending eligibility and improving access to intervention.

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