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Cultural Relevancy of a Diabetes Prevention Nutrition Program for African American Women

Williams, James Herbert and Auslander, Wendy F. and Groot, Mary de and Robinson, Adjoa Dionne and Houston, Cheryl and Haire-Joshu, Debra (2006) Cultural Relevancy of a Diabetes Prevention Nutrition Program for African American Women. Health Promotion Practice, 7 (1). pp. 56-67.

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Diabetes among African American women is a pressing health concern, yet there are few evaluated culturally relevant prevention programs for this population. This article describes a case study of the Eat Well Live Well Nutrition Program, a community-based, culturally specific diabetes prevention nutrition program for African American women. The stages of change theory and principles from community organization guided the development of the program. Health education strategies, including participatory development and program delivery by peer educators, were applied to promote cultural relevance. Results indicated that overall participants (90%) believed the program to be culturally relevant and were very satisfied with the program (82%). Cultural relevancy was significantly associated with greater program satisfaction and changes in dietary patterns when controlling for the number of sessions attended. Conclusions suggest that participatory strategies can be effective in designing culturally specific prevention programs for African American women.

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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: African American women; cultural relevancy; diabetes prevention; dietary behaviors; stages of change
Subjects: Health
Health > Nutrition
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Diabetes
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Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 26 May 2011 11:19
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/1051

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