270236 Evaluation of the Centro Latino of Hickory Nutrición Y Zumba Pilot Program

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:18 PM - 1:30 PM

Sarah Gareau, DrPH, MEd, MCHES , Division of Policy and Research on Medicaid and Medicare, University of South Carolina, Institute for Families in Society, Columbia, SC
Emily Fowler , Master of Public Health, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC
Brandon Loudermilk, MA , Educational Research, Measurement, & Statistics, University of South Carolina, College of Education, Columbia, SC
Background. A small baccalaureate college partnered with a non-profit agency to pilot a program designed to reduce obesity rates among Latinas. Eighty-two women participated in the three month pilot, which focused on health at any size by combining bilingual nutrition classes, Zumba classes, and healthy Latino cooking lessons. Pilot goals were to increase participants' awareness of their own health indicators; test whether the program resulted in weight loss; and gather initial descriptive results. Methodology. Mean weight and waist circumference as well as BMI categorical frequency counts were analyzed using data collection intake forms. One-tailed dependent sample t-tests were run to test mean weight and waist circumference loss for women completing at least 90% of the 24 sessions. Results. Collection of BMI revealed that 14% of the sample (n = 55) was categorized as normal, with the remaining defined as overweight (47%), obese (30%), and extreme obesity (9%). Mean weight loss in the program (n = 10) was 2.7 lb, t(9) = 2.08, p = .03, d = .67, with mean waist circumference loss being non significant, t(9) = 0.87, p = .20, d = .28. Discussion. Data collection training was limited which decreased the reliability of the waist circumference measure (SE = 2.3cm). However, the effect size for waist circumference indicates that with a larger sample, statistical significance is likely. Even with a small sample, weight loss was observed for women attending 90% of the program, and participants perceived other health benefits such as improved mental health and social support.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe low-cost health promotion methods targeted to the Latina community. 2. Explain why chronic disease prevention for low-income immigrant women is a social justice issue.

Keywords: Obesity, Latinas

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I directed and evaluated the intervention being presented & am a women's health specialist.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.