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Diet & Activity Community Trial: High-Risk Inflammation

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Diet & Activity Community Trial: High-Risk Inflammation

A diet and physical activity intervention was developed to provide knowledge and skills to
facilitate health behavior change in African-American Baptist Church members in South
Carolina and promote healthy lifestyles to reduce colon cancer disparities. The intervention
entitled, "H.E.A.L.S. (Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Spirit)" was used to train
church education teams to deliver church and community educational activities promoting a
diet rich in fruits and vegetables and an active lifestyle. The training focused leadership
and empowerment skills to enable church lay leaders to become Church Education Teams (CETs)
. The educational activities made it easier for church and community members to eat more
fruits and vegetables, reduce fat intake, increase physical activity, and increase dietary
intake of anti-inflammatory foods associated with colon cancer risk.

This 12 week healthy eating and physical activity program is tailored to meet a church's
needs and goals by:

1. providing cooking classes, recipes,

2. tips for increasing the level of physical activity in their daily routine

3. assistance tracking basic measurements like

- Weight

- Blood pressure,

- Inflammation levels

Education Goals:

- Increase knowledge of health behavior and changes that can impact health status

- Increase confidence in sharing health information with church, family, and community

- Develop skills to facilitate behavior change

- Develop skills to overcome barriers to behavior change

Inclusion Criteria:

- African American

Exclusion Criteria:

- History of Cancer

- History of Ulcerative colitis

- Chrome Disease

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Outcome Measure:

Change in C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels from baseline to post intervention

Outcome Description:

Data are collected at three time points: baseline, 90 days from baseline, and 12 months (one year) from baseline. Evaluable data will be difference from 90 days from baseline or 12 months (one year) from baseline or both.

Outcome Time Frame:

Baseline, Post Intervention (90) days) and 12 months beyond baseline

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Jmaes R. Hebert, ScD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Universityof South Carolina


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2010

Completion Date:

September 2013

Related Keywords:

  • Inflammation
  • Inflammation
  • Inflammation



University of South Carolina (Columbia)Columbia, South Carolina  29208