A Community-Driven Implementation of the Body and Soul Program in Churches in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, 2011–2014
COMMUNITY CASE STUDY — Volume 14 — February 27, 2017
A photograph shows a volunteer nurse providing health information to a Body and Soul program participant at a church kick-off event. Also in the picture is a masters’ degree student who was helping with the event and a participant’s child.
Figure 1. A volunteer nurse provides health information to a Body and Soul Program participant at a church kick-off event.
From 2011 through 2012, 157 members of 8 churches participated in phase 1 of the Body and Soul program. At baseline phase 1 participants were asked 12 questions on demographic characteristics and eating habits. Twelve weeks later, at follow-up, phase 1 participants were asked 7 questions on eating habits and support to eat healthfully. In phase 2, which took place from 2012 to 2014, 153 members of 12 churches participated. At baseline, phase 2 participants were asked 37 questions on demographic characteristics, eating habits, support to eat healthfully, and physical activity. At follow-up 12 weeks later, phase 2 participants were asked 38 questions about eating habits, support to eat healthfully, physical activity, and evaluation of peer counseling.
Figure 2. Project Design for the Body and Soul Program in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, from 2011–2014. The project was conducted in 2 phases. Phase 2 was initiated midway during the project after additional questions (based on consultant’s recommendation) were added to the surveys. There were 12 weeks between baseline and follow-up surveys in both phase 1 and phase 2.
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