COMMUNITY BASED PROJECTS
Black Health Challenge
Based on BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure and blood glucose testing the vast majority of Black Health Challenge participants were at risk of developing health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease.
In partnership with TAIBU Community Health Centre and with sponsoring by the Canadian Cancer Society, design and pilot a culturally specific, 12 week, lifestyle intervention program is to help members of the Black community lead healthier, happier lives by increasing their nutrition knowledge and engaging in creative physical activity thereby lowering their risk of developing many chronic diseases and improving their management of existing health conditions.
- One hour sessions of nutrition education delivered by a nutritionist with experience providing culturally appropriate nutrition education in the target community.
- One special nutrition class with a guest chef providing a heart healthy, cultural cooking demonstration with nutrition commentary
- 12 weekly, one hour sessions of culturally adapted physical activity provided by certified physical activity instructors with experience providing physical activity programming in the target community.
- Week 1, 6 and 12 health assessments tracking weight, body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure and random blood glucose (sugar) levels. Health assessments are conducted by licensed health professionals such as registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, and chiropractor.
100% of BHC participants who completed at least two health assessments demonstrated a positive change in at least one of the tested physical parameters thus lowering their risk for health problems and aiding in the management of any existing health condition(s).