Obesity is a significant and growing problem in the US that negatively
impacts health and well-being of racial and ethnic minorities, people of low
socioeconomic status, and persons living in rural communities and in the
South. The obesity problem is a major public health concern in Arkansas, where
the obesity rate for adults is higher than the rate for other adults in the
nation. However, in general, few resources are available in communities to
address the obesity problem, such as effective behavioral weight loss programs.
Research has shown that the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle
Intervention, a successful behavioral weight loss program promoting diet and
exercise/lifestyle change, can have major health benefits and reduce the chances
of getting type 2 diabetes. However methods are needed to successfully deliver
the DPP weight loss program to rural, underserved communities so they can
benefit from this state-of-the-art program.
The HEALTHY Ways research
project is examining ways to provide the DPP behavioral weight loss program in
rural Southeast Pulaski county communities. Participants will attend group
meetings to learn healthy eating and physical activity patterns or will receive
self help materials to promote weight loss. The HEALTHY Ways research project is
supported by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities,
National Institutes of Health.
HEALTHY Ways is conducted in support of
the overall mission of the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities, which is to
develop research to improve access to quality prevention and health care
programs for racial and ethnic minorities, with a goal of reducing health
disparities. By collaborating with communities to conduct research examining
ways to address the obesity problem, the goal of reducing health disparities moves closer
to becoming reality for Arkansans.
For further information or
questions contact: HEALTHY Ways Fay W. Boozman
College of Public Health (501) 526-6654 Email: HealthyWays@uams.edu
Healthy Eating and
Active Living for Today's Healthier
UAMS Arkansas Center for Health Disparities 4301 W. Markham #Slot 820, Little Rock, AR 72205, 501-526-6707