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Volume 2: No. 3, July 2005

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Evaluation of Salud Para Su Corazón (Health for Your Heart) — National Council of La Raza Promotora Outreach Program

  Percentage of families reporting on heart disease risks, by response
Yes No Don’t know, not applicable, or blank
Smoke cigarettes 9 87 4
Have diabetes 14 67 19
Have high cholesterol 16 62 22
Have high blood pressure 16 64 20
Exposed to secondhand smoke 19 75 6
Aged 45+ men, 55+ women 21 74 5
Heart disease runs in family 30 53 17
Lack of physical activity 45 48 7
Overweight 50 40 10

Figure 1. Heart disease risks reported by individual family members (n = 320) participating in the Salud Para Su Corazón outreach program. Data collected by promotores using questionnaires, 2001.

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  Pretest Score Posttest Score
Overall 41 59
What does the family do to be more physically active?* 27 40
Physical activity* 30 47
Weight 51 72
Cholesterol and fat 43 69
Salt and sodium 49 65

Figure 2. Average scores, by topic, for heart-healthy habits among families (n = 190) participating in both the pretest and posttest as part of the Salud Para Su Corazón outreach program. Score percentages calculated based on maximum score of 100. Asterisk (*) indicates that data refer only to mother. P < .001 for paired t tests on all topics. Data collected by promotores using questionnaires, 2001.

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  Percentage of families practicing heart-health behaviors, by frequency
Never Sometimes Usually Always
What does the family do to be more physically active?* Pretest 48 29 13 10
Posttest 30 36 18 17
Physical activity* Pretest 49 23 16 13
Posttest 26 26 25 23
Weight Pretest 22 26 27 25
Posttest 4 15 43 38
Cholesterol and fat Pretest 33 27 17 24
Posttest 7 19 35 39
Salt and sodium Pretest 24 27 25 24
Posttest 9 19 38 33

Figure 3. Distribution of responses on family heart-healthy habits among families (n = 190) participating in both the pretest and posttest as part of the Salud Para Su Corazón outreach program. Asterisk (*) indicates that data refer only to mother. Data collected by promotores using questionnaires, 2001. Percentages do not add to 100% because of rounding.

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  Percentage of families who shared information, by topic
Audience with whom information was shared Salt Cholesterol Weight control Physical activity Smoking
Friends in neighborhood 47 46 45 48 41
Friends in other U.S. cities 24 23 25 27 21
Relatives in the U.S. 47 48 49 49 41
Friends in country of birth 24 20 19 17 17
Relatives in country of birth 25 21 23 21 19
People at work 27 27 27 25 25

Figure 4. Audiences with whom families participating in Salud Para Su Corazón outreach program (n = 223) shared educational information received, by topic. Data collected by promotores using questionnaires, 2001.

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Percentages of families satisfied with program guidance, by satisfaction level
Very satisfied Somewhat satisfied Somewhat dissatisfied Very dissatisfied
Overall 96 3 1 1
Materials 92 7 0 1
Instruction and guidance 95 5 0 1
Encouragement and support 94 6 0 1

Figure 5. Percentages of families satisfied with guidance provided by the Salud Para Su Corazón outreach program (n = 207). Data collected by promotores using questionnaires, 2001.

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