Mind-body practices may lead to increases in physical activity (PA), but less is known on how they impact dietary habits. Sedentary adults residing in rural Pennsylvania participated in Harmony & Health, an 8-week mind-body intervention. Participants self-reported increases in PA (?=405.7 MET-min/week), which were significantly associated with increased fruit and vegetable consumption post-intervention (v=.286, p=.043). Findings suggest mind-body strategies may help promote a wide range of healthy behaviors to improve health in diverse adults.
Association Between Physical Activity and Dietary Behaviors in Rural Adults in a Culturally Adapted Mind-Body Intervention
by Anne Marie Frani Melda
Health and Life Sciences
Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center