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Innovative Approaches to Promoting a Healthy Weight in Women

This project is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With this funding Nebraska will develop and demonstrate creative, innovative approaches that are effective in reducing the incidence and prevalence of overweight and obesity in women by increasing the number of women who adopt healthy, positive lifestyles. The interventions will include nutrition counseling and education, physical activity, and a health and wellness component.
The project is operated through the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities; and Blue Valley Community Action Partnership. Project evaluation is the responsibility of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cooperative Extension. This project will use program components that have been proven effective, including personalized advice on diet and physical activity behaviors, multiple staff contacts with skill building, daily self-monitoring, and combinations of strategies.
This project will build upon several existing successful outreach projects targeted at women, and will take advantage of associated cost savings and other efficiencies.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE:
  • Develop advisory board community partners, healthcare providers, and participants.
  • Develop curriculum and data base for tracking and evaluation information.
    Collaborate and contract with partners to develop schedule for enrollment, intervention classes, special projects, screenings, and educational sessions.
  • Get publicity in African American and Hispanic newspapers, television, and radio.
  • Enroll participants for the project.
  • Implement project and screen for participants enrolled in the project.
  • Continue ongoing screenings/interventions of project.
    Pre- and post-test participants, perform initial and follow up assessments and screenings.
  • Gather ongoing feedback from participants and use it to inform improvements.
  • Integration into and of the following programs will be used for recruitment of participants, curriculum development, and implementation avenues, among other activities. Every Woman Matters, Nebraska’s breast and cervical cancer screening program; and WISEWOMAN (Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation of Women Across the Nation), which provides healthy lifestyles screenings and education to women will be associated with several major grant activities; i.e. the ABC’s for Good Health classes will be offered to Healthy Weights Program participants.
  • Physically Healthy and Toned (PHAT) and Fabulous and PHAT Kidz, which are two successful physical activity programs created and implemented in Omaha, will provide the basis for the Omaha project.
  • The HRSA Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness Community Toolkit will guide activities to build sustainable healthy communities.
  • Information from “A Five-Stage Model for Sustaining a Community Campaign” will be used to develop a resource guide of organizations with the aim of building a joint consumer-professional coalition to assure that physical activity, nutrition, and wellness activities continue after this grant ends.
  • The Saline County WIC and Eldercare and Blue Valley Community Action Partnership Hispanic Health programs will be used as recruitment venues for the Crete project.
  • The Women Lead the Way walking campaign, which has been successful in bringing together groups of women (and men) to walk to improve their health.
  • The intervention will use aspects of the Cuidando el Corazon program, with teaching methods specifically geared for low literacy (e.g., personal approach, group support, experiential teaching).
  • Pick Your Path to Health will be used to provide additional activities.