271314 "Brother Feed Your Soul": Using CAM, Diet, and Physical Activity Education to Promote Disease Managment in Black Men

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Yvette Whorton , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Adult Health Center, Chicago, IL
Marcus Murray , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Bonnie Thomas, MD , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Thomas Mason, MD , Project Brotherhood, Woodlawn Health Center, Chicago, IL
Larry Nyu, MD , Project Brotherhood, Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County-Woodlawn Adult Health Center, Chicago, IL
Adam Murphy, MD , Woodlawn Health Center, Project Brotherhood, Chicago, IL
Sparkle Springfield, BS , Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD , Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Black men are disproportionately at risk for a number of chronic diseases including hypertension and diabetes. Diet and physical activity are major components of managing these conditions. Previous studies indicate that limited access to care, racial discrimination, medical mistrust, and cultural norms discourage health seeking behaviors among Black men. Evidence suggests that use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may help alleviate the chronic disease burden in this population. While a number of studies have reported high CAM use among blacks, few have focused on the use of CAM in promoting disease management in Black men. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the use of CAM, specifically Qigong, dietary counseling, and physical activity on blood pressure and hemoglobin a1c in Black men participating in Project Brotherhood, a culturally-gender specific health program. Twenty Black men with hypertension and/or diabetes were recruited for participation in the study. Men participated in a series of classes focused on stress and disease management, healthy eating, and exercise. Because of the elevated disease burden, more work is needed to provide insights about effective health promotion approaches to encourage disease management and improve the health of Black men.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe how cultural strategies can encourage disease management in Black men Explain how a program using CAM and traditional behavioral approaches can encourage self managment in Black men.

Keywords: African American, Self-Management

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the lead Qigoing instructor at Project Brotherhood for over 5 years.
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.