Mosque-Based Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Muslim Women


Low levels of physical activity have been reported in South Asian Muslim women.

Mosques could be beneficial in providing physical activity opportunities for
Muslim women. 


This study examined the feasibility, acceptability and  effectiveness of a mosque-based physical activity program for South Asian Muslim women in Canada.  Sixty-two South Asian Muslim women participated in a 24-week mosque-based exercise intervention. Feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the program was evaluated by pre-post survey questions from the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI) and  International Physical Activity Questionnaire among 28 women who consented to the research data collection.

Nineteen women were assessed pre-and post-intervention. The women  demonstrated increase in median scores of self-efficacy (90 pre vs.100 post;  p = 0.004) and the importance of engaging in regular physical activity (90 pre vs. 100 post; p = 0.01). Fewer participants were classified as inactive at the end of the intervention (42 % pre vs. 10 % post; p = 0.006). There was a mean increase in DASI scores (39.2 pre vs. 44.6post; p = 0.06) reflecting an improvement in peak aerobic capacity and functional quality of life. Culturally relevant structured networks such as mosques are important assets when designing healthy lifestyle interventions for South Asian Muslim women.



Principal Investigator
Dr. Ananya Banerjee 


Dr. Jennifer Price

Flemingdon Health Centre, Madinah Masjid 


Research Team: 
Mireille Landry
Maha Zawi

Debbie Childerhose

Neil Stephens                           

Ammara Shafique

Mina Bhardwaj

Munira Abdulwasi


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