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Obesity and overweight in Black Women: Assessing the effectiveness of a faith-based screening program

Yola Patricia Duhaney, RN, BSN, School of Graduate Medical Science, Barry University, 1300 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33161, 305 899-3130, yduhaney@um-jmh.org

A faith-based screening program for overweight and obesity in Black women is studied. The program at a community church will consist of a ninety-minute program. A registered dietitian will give a forty-five minute educational session on diet, calorie intake, weight control and exercise; a question and answer section will follow led by a registered nurse. The Advance Nurse Practioner (ARNP) will conduct a one-to-one session and body mass index (BMI) measurement, followed by an exit interview with a registered nurse. One week prior to the start of the program volunteers will be contacted and ask to complete a form to assess their current weight, diet and exercise status. For the interview, participants will be ask whether the program meet their needs, was informative or beneficial enough to impact changes in their life style. A total of fifty volunteers will be asked to complete both the exit and follow up interviews. Results will be based on participants' response to whether the church is a good place for this program and how beneficial the program was for them. Three-month interviews will be conducted over a one-year period; this will show how many participants have made life style changes to improve their weight and health overall. Screening for overweight and obesity in a church setting is likely to be successful because the environment is private, safe and free. The program can be viewed as an added benefit for the target population who usually has easy access to a church.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to

Keywords: Behavior Modification, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

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