Submitted to: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/7/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This study explored a church-based intervention to improve diet and health in African American adults. Eligible church members (n=40) were randomized into either group (nutrition education and group meetings) or individual intervention (nutrition education, record-keeping, and individual meetings). Two trained church members conducted the intervention. The retention rate was 93%. After 6-months, the mean weight loss in individual and group interventions was 3.2 kg and 1.6 kg, respectively. The mean fat loss, measured by DEXA, was 2.1 kg and 1.9 kg, respectively. Improvement in quality of life and physical activity scores was observed. We conclude that the church may provide an effective delivery mechanism for health and nutrition programs. (Supported in part by USDA/ARS project #6251-530000-0020-00D).