Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Faith-Based Cardiovascular Programs Change Behaviors. (Health)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Faith-Based Cardiovascular Programs Change Behaviors. (Health)

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This 19-month African American, cardiovascular project is designed to decrease ethnic disparities. The community was: mobilized and resources coordinated to support effective/sustainable African American programs addressing illness (strokes, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, weight monitoring, and high blood pressure); learn of unhealthy lifestyles (coordinated public relations campaigns); educate/participate in screening (blood pressure, weight); community activities (awareness; alternatives; informational; educational; individual, family, and intergenerational; environmental;); increase culturally sensitive activities (community, church-based, or beauty shop) and examine data/make appropriate adjustments. Strategies included church committee implemented/evaluated church-community programs; beauty shop activities; or activities at places people gather. The Cardiovascular Faith Program was modified from a Promising Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Faith Prevention Program that has been ongoing for 10 years. The presentation shares 6-month Faith Community successful church committee processes and data (N = 10 churches). Exercise (exercise to church music), Nutritional Practices (Cooking classes), Tobacco prevention activities, Stress Management groups, Blood Pressure and Weight Screening/Referral/Follow-up; Special Church Holidays related to Cardiovascular Health, Achievement/Recognition; Intergenerational; Community Awareness; Data Collection, pre/post surveys, monthly activity reports, vital statistics were the major activities. …

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