Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Increasing Healthy Behaviors to Reduce Diabetes Risk Among Public Housing Residents

A study funded by INQRI and conducted by a research team led by Robin Whittemore and Alana Rosenberg, indicates that nurses can play an important role in helping public housing residents reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by changing behaviors.

The team tested a diabetes prevention program (DPP) implemented by home health care nurses in four public housing communities in the rural Northeast.  The study included a control group of residents who received enhanced standard care and an intervention group who received the DPP program.

The intervention group showed significant improvement in healthy eating and physical activity, and reduced stress and depressive symptoms, as well as triglyceride levels.

This study, and a related one also conducted by Whittemore and Rosenberg, underscore the need for culturally relevant health programs for public housing residents.

Read the brief on the study.

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