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Designing and pilot-testing a church-based community program to reduce obesity among African Americans.
ABNF J. 2010 Winter; 21(1):4-10.AJ

Abstract

Obesity raises the risk for many chronic diseases and poor health outcomes. African Americans have the highest rates of excess weight in the nation, and standard weight management programs have not worked well with this population. The Genesis Health Project, a community-designed, culturally competent intervention to reduce obesity and promote healthy lifestyles, represents a successful partnership among Syracuse University, local Black churches, and several sponsors to empower families of color to adopt and sustain positive health practices across the lifespan. This article describes the Phase I design and pilot-testing of this demonstration project, and reports the results of the first-year nutrition education/exercise-fitness program. Participant feedback indicates notable shifts toward healthier food choices, cooking methods, and exercise habits, as well as increased motivation, improved health indicators, and revamped church menus. Lessons learned from this project can be helpful in developing other community/faith-based health promotion programs for African Americans.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Health and Wellness, College of Human Ecology, Syracuse University, NY 13244, USA. lwcowart@syr.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Evaluation Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20169806

Citation

Cowart, Luvenia W., et al. "Designing and Pilot-testing a Church-based Community Program to Reduce Obesity Among African Americans." The ABNF Journal : Official Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc, vol. 21, no. 1, 2010, pp. 4-10.
Cowart LW, Biro DJ, Wasserman T, et al. Designing and pilot-testing a church-based community program to reduce obesity among African Americans. ABNF J. 2010;21(1):4-10.
Cowart, L. W., Biro, D. J., Wasserman, T., Stein, R. F., Reider, L. R., & Brown, B. (2010). Designing and pilot-testing a church-based community program to reduce obesity among African Americans. The ABNF Journal : Official Journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc, 21(1), 4-10.
Cowart LW, et al. Designing and Pilot-testing a Church-based Community Program to Reduce Obesity Among African Americans. ABNF J. 2010;21(1):4-10. PubMed PMID: 20169806.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Designing and pilot-testing a church-based community program to reduce obesity among African Americans. AU - Cowart,Luvenia W, AU - Biro,Diana J, AU - Wasserman,Timothy, AU - Stein,Ruth Federman, AU - Reider,Lindsey R, AU - Brown,Betty, PY - 2010/2/23/entrez PY - 2010/2/23/pubmed PY - 2010/3/20/medline SP - 4 EP - 10 JF - The ABNF journal : official journal of the Association of Black Nursing Faculty in Higher Education, Inc JO - ABNF J VL - 21 IS - 1 N2 - Obesity raises the risk for many chronic diseases and poor health outcomes. African Americans have the highest rates of excess weight in the nation, and standard weight management programs have not worked well with this population. The Genesis Health Project, a community-designed, culturally competent intervention to reduce obesity and promote healthy lifestyles, represents a successful partnership among Syracuse University, local Black churches, and several sponsors to empower families of color to adopt and sustain positive health practices across the lifespan. This article describes the Phase I design and pilot-testing of this demonstration project, and reports the results of the first-year nutrition education/exercise-fitness program. Participant feedback indicates notable shifts toward healthier food choices, cooking methods, and exercise habits, as well as increased motivation, improved health indicators, and revamped church menus. Lessons learned from this project can be helpful in developing other community/faith-based health promotion programs for African Americans. SN - 1046-7041 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20169806/Designing_and_pilot_testing_a_church_based_community_program_to_reduce_obesity_among_African_Americans_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/9028 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -