The purpose of this project is to determine whether a diabetes lifestyle program will
improve the lives of Native American people living with diabetes. We recruited Native
American people living in 8 Pueblo communities served by 3 Indian Health Service clinics.
Forty percent of people living with diabetes in those communities participated in an
interview and had height, weight, blood pressure and hemoglobin A1c measured at the
beginning. Then they received a lifestyle program in either groups or one-on-one, or
another group which got the intervention after one year (comparison group). The program was
developed using input from community members, tribal leaders, and clinic staff, and was
taught by community members in or near the participating communities. After each session,
participants were asked for feedback about the curriculum. After the program ended, the
interview and clinical measures were repeated. Feedback to tribal leaders and clinical
staff is ongoing.
- Male or female 18 years or older with diabetes living in a participating Native
American community served by one of three participating Indian Health Service
- Unable to complete a yearly interviewer administered questionnaire and clinical
measures of height, weight, blood pressure, and fingerstick hemoglobin A1c.
- Unable to participate in 5 lifestyle intervention meetings occurring over a one year