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Table 2 Wellness activities conducted by church size (number of active members < 50; 50–99; ≥ 100)

From: Organizational readiness for wellness promotion – a survey of 100 African American church leaders in South Los Angeles

Proportion of churches that … Total (N = 100) Small (N = 19) Medium (N = 37) Large (N = 44) P-value
conducted > 1 wellness activity in last 12 month 56% 37% 54% 66% 0.10
ever partnered with academia to promote wellness 53% 42% 46% 64% NS
has health advisory program 30% 16% 22% 43% < 0.05
has health or wellness policies or goals for congregation 34% 11% 38% 41% 0.05
has guidelines for healthy church meals 37% 16% 46% 39% 0.08
promoted physical activity from the pulpit in last 12 months 87% 79% 89% 89% NS
promoted good nutrition from the pulpit in last 12 months 90% 84% 92% 91% NS
has partnership with clinics or outside resources that could assist in wellness efforts at church 66% 68% 59% 70% NS
has 3 or more individuals that function as wellness champions 67% 37% 65% 82% < 0.01
has high church leadership engagement to promote wellness 50% 42% 41% 61% NS
Total Wellness Activity Score (range 0–10), Mean ± S.D. 5.7 ± 2.5 4.3 ± 2.4 5.5 ± 2.3 6.5 ± 2.5 < 0.01
  1. Total Wellness Activity Score was computed as the sum of the 10 items listed in the table
  2. Chi-square test was used for categorical variables and Kruskal-Wallis tests was used for continuous variables