Mary L Greaney

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OBJECTIVE To identify barriers and enablers for healthful weight management among college students. DESIGN Sixteen on-line focus groups, homogeneous by sex and university. SETTING Eight universities in 8 states. PARTICIPANTS College students (N = 115; 55% female; mean age 19.7 +/- 1.6). ANALYSIS Qualitative software, Nvivo version 2 (QSR(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the literature to determine whether policy and environmental interventions can increase people's physical activity or improve their nutrition. DATA SOURCES The following databases were searched for relevant intervention studies: Medline, Chronic Disease Prevention File, PsychInfo, Health Star, Web of Science, ERIC, the U.S. Department(More)
Failing to retain an adequate number of study participants in behavioral intervention trials poses a threat to interpretation of study results and its external validity. This qualitative investigation describes the retention strategies promoted by the recruitment and retention committee of the Behavior Change Consortium, a group of 15 university-based sites(More)
As more U.S. children grow up in Latino families, understanding how social class, culture, and environment influence feeding practices is key to preventing obesity. The authors conducted six focus groups and 20 in-depth interviews among immigrant, low-income Latina mothers in the Northeast United States and classified 17 emergent themes from content(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine perceptions of physical activity and physical activity barriers and enablers in African-American women. DESIGN AND METHODS Six focus groups were conducted with 42 African-American women, aged 19-51 years, who resided in South Carolina. Transcripts were coded and analyzed using NUD*IST. RESULTS Women initially thought of physical(More)
Presented are the basic design, methods, and baseline data analyses for the Study of Exercise and Nutrition in Older Rhode Islanders (SENIOR Project) an experimental study to investigate the relative effectiveness of a 12-month, stage of readiness to change-based multiple-behavior intervention (exercise and nutrition) compared to single-behavior(More)
OBJECTIVE Prompting may promote engagement with behavior change interventions. Prompts can be delivered inexpensively via automated voice response (AVR) reminders or short message service (SMS) text messages. We examined the association between participants' characteristics and preferred reminder modality. METHODS Healthy Directions 2 is a cluster(More)
BACKGROUND Many U.S. adults have multiple behavioral risk factors, and effective, scalable interventions are needed to promote population-level health. In the health care setting, interventions are often provided in print, although accessible to nearly everyone, are brief (e.g., pamphlets), are not interactive, and can require some logistics around(More)
Exposure to obesogenic environments in the U.S. may foster development of overweight in immigrants with greater acculturation. Few studies document mechanisms of the acculturation process from immigrants’ own perspectives or describe implications on the children of immigrants. Focus groups and in-depth interviews were conducted with immigrant Latina mothers(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated the relationship between overweight and obesity, age, and gender with physical activity and physical function in community-dwelling older men and women. METHOD Multivariate analysis of covariance was used to analyze differences between normal weight, overweight, and obese adults (n = 821) above the age of 60 years. (More)