Exercise as a treatment for hypertension in low-socioeconomic-status black children

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1990 Apr;58(2):237-9. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.58.2.237.


Low-socioeconomic-status (SES) Black children have a higher mean blood pressure than most other groups. The antihypertensive effects of a 12-week aerobic exercise program were examined on 11 low-SES Black children, ages 8-12, who had blood pressure above the 95th percentile. A multiple baseline across three groups of children with baseline and exercise conditions was conducted. After the introduction of the exercise program, there were significant decreases in diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Cardiovascular fitness improved concurrently. The results suggest that vigorous exercise can decrease the blood pressure of low-SES hypertensive Black children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Child
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / therapy*
  • Male
  • Physical Fitness
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors*