Jemmott and Colleagues Study Physical Activity Among South African Men

A 27-month study of an intervention among South African men, designed to increase physical activity and, in turn, reduce deaths from non-communicable diseases (heart disease, stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, etc.) has proven successful. 
Annenberg Professor John B. Jemmott, III and colleagues from the Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Nursing Science, Haverford College, Temple University, the Centers for Disease Control and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa explained their methodology and results in the article “Theory-Based Behavioral Intervention Increases Self-Reported Physical Activity in South African Men: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial,” which currently appears online in Preventive Medicine.
“A theory-based culturally congruent intervention increased South African men’s self-reported physical activity, a key contributor to deaths from non-communicable diseases in South Africa,” the team reported.
The study is a continuation of a large scale intervention and education effort undertaken by Jemmott and colleagues in South Africa. Earlier this year the team reported success in deploying a large-scale human immunodeficiency virus intervention in that country.
Jemmott’s colleagues on this study are Loretta S. Jemmott, Ph.D., RN, FAAN from Penn Nursing Science; Zolani Ngwane, Ph.D. from Haverford College; Annenberg doctoral student Jingwen Zhang; G. Anita Heeren, Msc, Ph.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine; Larry D. Icard, Ph.D. from Temple University; Ann O’Leary, Ph.D. from the Centers for Disease Control; Xoliswa Mtose, Ph.D. from the University of Fort Hare; and Craig Carty, MS from the Perelman School of Medicine.