Body and Soul: A Faith Based Health Improvement Initiative
Population: Women & Maternal
Topic Area: Nutrition & Physical Activity
This practice is no longer being implemented. Unfortunately, there is no contact information available for this practice. The 2002 county Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey for Jacksonville-Duval County reported that more than 40% of African Americans in this population are overweight or obese. Despite the prevalence of overweight, only 15% of African Americans said they were advised by a health care professional to lose weight. In response to this widespread problem, a faith based partnership of public health, academic and community-based organizations collaborated to design and implement a 12-week education and exercise program (Body and Soul: A Faith Based Health Improvement Initiative), which consisted of weekly meetings with lectures, cooking, and physical activity to improve the health and well-being of overweight African American church members. The program also included an additional 12 week phase (II) that involved maintaining weight loss and sustaining healthy behaviors via peer support groups.
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