The L.A.D.I.E.S. study evaluated three approaches for increasing physical activity in African American women who were not currently doing enough physical activity. One approach taught people about physical activity, in groups, using general principles (general physical activity program). The second approach taught people about physical activity, in groups, using principles from the bible (faith-based physical activity program). The third approach taught people about physical activity by giving them written materials created at the National Institutes of Health (self-guided physical activity program).

About 450 people from 30 churches in Forsyth County took part in this study. About 150 people were in the faith-based physical activity program, 150 people were in the general physical activity program, and 150 people were in the self-guided physical activity program.

This study was successfully completed. We thank all the churches and participants for their engagement in this study. We are now analyzing data to understand how the study worked, and to identify ways to improve future studies.

Publications related to this study (click on the paper title to view the abstract):

LADIES design paper

This research is supported by the National Institutes of Health (HL0945801)

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