"LB-AAW: A Lifestyle Intervention Diabetes Prevention Program for African American Women, Delivered in Primary Care Settings by Nurse Practitioners"

This project developed and implemented an evidenced based program, Lifestyle Balance: African American Women Diabetes Prevention Program (LB-AAW). The program is modeled upon the successful National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), and is designed to be delivered in primary care settings by Nurse Practitioners. African American women identified as high risk for diabetes, based on fasting blood glucose (FBG) of 100mg/dL to 125mg/dL, and body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater participated in the 12-session intervention program. The program outcomes included changes in fasting blood glucose, weight and BMI measured at baseline, six and 12-month follow-ups. The successful implementation of such a program for AAW can have a significant health promotion impact, contribute to the reduction of the high prevalence of type 2 diabetes and the elimination of health disparities that affect this vulnerable demographic group. The next step in this project is to seek funding for a pilot study to test the program. A manuscript was published in the UPNAAI Nursing Journal.