141st APHA Annual Meeting

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Salsa, sabor y salud: Reducing diabetes risk in Latino families in memphis and shelby county

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Marian Levy, DrPH, RD , Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
George Relyea, MS , School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Marla B. Royne, PhD , Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Cynthia Puljic , Health Innovations YMCA, Memphis, TN
Robin Rutherford, BS , School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Chee Lam, MPH , School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Salsa, Sabor y Salud (Food, Fun, and Fitness), represents a partnership between the YMCA of Memphis and the University of Memphis School of Public Health. Developed by the National Latino Children's Institute, this culturally relevant behavioral intervention aims to reduce diabetes risk in Latino families. The 8-session group program targets food intake (less sugar-sweetened beverages, increased fruits and vegetables) and increased daily physical activity. The program infuses Latino cultural values (simpatía, personalismo, familismo) into behavioral skill adoption, modeling, goal-setting, exercise and play in a supportive group environment. Families are also provided with free YMCA memberships. This study uses a repeated measures design in which participants serve as their own controls. In cohort 1, at baseline 30 families (30 mother and 4 fathers) participated with mean ages (33.3 and 36.9) and mean BMI (30.5 and 27.9). Because no fathers participated at post measurement only mothers were used to assess parental BMI changes. Children's (n=28) mean ages were 11.3 (females) and 10.6 (males) years, with baseline BMI percentiles 70%ile and 82%ile respectively. Among mothers there was a significant, marginal decline in BMI from baseline to post measurements, p=.01. There were also significant reductions in mothers' waist and glucose outcomes but not for diastolic and systolic blood pressure, ps=.01, .02 , .83, and .17 respectively. There were no significant changes in children's BMI, diastolic and systolic BP, waist, and glucose levels from baseline to post measurement, all ps > .30. This culturally-tailored, evidence-based approach holds promise for reducing diabetes risk in Latino families.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe elements of a culturally appropriate intervention Identify outcomes for health promotion research in community settings

Keywords: Latino Health, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a DrPH with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education and over 25 years' experience in public health research. I have served as PI of several health promotion initiatives serving the Latino population and am the University of Memphis' PI of the current research.
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.