Mosque Study

A Pilot Examination of a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Intervention
for South Asian Muslim Women in Ontario, Canada.



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. 100post; 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.



This research was funded by Women's College Hospital, Women’s Xchange 15K Challenge Grant.



Principal Investigator:  Dr. Ananya Banerjee 

Co-Investigators:            Dr. Jennifer Price

Collaborators:                   Flemingdon Health Centre, Madinah Masjid 

Research Team:                Mireille Landry, Maha Zawi, Debbie Childerhose, Neil Stephens,  
                                                  Ammara Shafique, Mina Bhardwaj, Munira Abdulwasi



An Ecological Exploration of Facilitators to Participation in a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Program for South Asian Muslim Women.

Abdulwasi M, Bhardwaj M, Nakamura Y, Zawi M, Price J, Harvey P, Banerjee AT.

J Phys Act Health. 2018 Sep 1;15(9):671-678. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2017-0312. Epub 2018 Apr 20.

PMID: 29676665


A Pilot Examination of a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Intervention for South Asian Muslim Women in Ontario, Canada.

Banerjee AT, Landry M, Zawi M, Childerhose D, Stephens N, Shafique A, Price J.

J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 Apr;19(2):349-357. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0393-3.

PMID: 26979168