Results of the healthy body healthy spirit trial

TitleResults of the healthy body healthy spirit trial
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsResnicow, K, Jackson, A, Blissett, D, Wang, T, McCarty, F, Rahotep, S, Periasamy, S
JournalHealth Psychology
Date PublishedJul
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0278-6133 (Print)0278-6133 (Linking)
Accession Number16045368
Keywords*Program Evaluation, Adolescent, Adult, African Americans, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Cultural Diversity, Exercise, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Georgia, Health Promotion/*organization & administration, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Motivation

Healthy Body Healthy Spirit was a multicomponent intervention to increase fruit and vegetable (F & V) consumption and physical activity (PA) delivered through Black churches. Sixteen churches were randomly assigned to 3 intervention conditions. At baseline, 1,056 individuals were recruited across the 16 churches, of which 906 (86%) were assessed at 1-year follow-up. Group 1 received standard educational materials, Group 2 received culturally targeted self-help nutrition and PA materials, and Group 3 received the same intervention as did Group 2 as well as 4 telephone counseling calls based on motivational interviewing (MI) delivered over the course of 1 year. At 1-year follow-up, Groups 2 and 3 showed significant changes in both F & V intake and PA. Changes were somewhat larger for F & V. For F & V, but not PA, there was a clear additive effect for the MI intervention.

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