Linking patients with community resources: use of a free YMCA membership among low-income black women.


Journal Article

Given the increasing interest in expanding obesity prevention efforts to cover community-based programs, we examined whether individuals would access a YMCA for physical activity promotion. We provided a no-cost 12-month YMCA membership to socioeconomically disadvantaged black women who were randomized to the intervention arm of a weight gain prevention trial (n = 91). Analyses examined associations of membership activation and use with baseline psychosocial, contextual, health-related, and sociodemographic factors. Many participants (70.3 %) activated their memberships; however, use was low (42.2 % had no subsequent visits, 46.9 % had one to ten visits). There were no predictors of membership activation, but individuals living below/borderline the federal poverty line were more likely to use the center (1+ visits), as were those who met physical activity guidelines at baseline. More comprehensive and intensive interventions may be necessary to promote use of community resources-even when provided free-among high-risk populations of women with obesity that live in rural areas of the USA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Greaney, ML; Askew, S; Foley, P; Wallington, SF; Bennett, GG

Published Date

  • June 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 341 - 348

PubMed ID

  • 27484775

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27484775

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1613-9860

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1869-6716

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s13142-016-0431-7


  • eng