An Innovative Faith-Based Healthy Eating Program: From Class Assignment to Real-World Application of PRECEDE/PROCEED

Brian Buta, Laprincess Brewer, Deneen L. Hamlin, Michael W. Palmer, Janice Bowie, Andrea Gielen

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Abstract

The Fostering African American Improvement in Total Health! (FAITH!) Nutrition Education Program is a theory-based, multicomponent health intervention developed and operated in partnership with an East Baltimore church. The program aims to improve eating habits, as well as knowledge and beliefs about healthy eating, among African American adults in order to prevent diseases related to dietary choices. This article addresses the development, design, and formative research that informed the FAITH! program. The main program components are also discussed. Program design used a framework for strategic intervention planning (PRECEDE-PROCEED), and health education theories informed the evaluation process. Formative research was conducted to incorporate the needs and assets of the priority population. The main program components are culturally tailored educational materials, lectures and discussions on diet and related diseases, video presentations on healthy eating, healthy cooking demonstrations/food samples, evaluation, and a church-run healthy food pantry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)867-875
Number of pages9
JournalHealth promotion practice
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • PRECEDE-PROCEED
  • chronic disease
  • church
  • diet
  • education
  • nutrition
  • participatory research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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