This study will test ways to improve health behaviors using an intervention that has been
specially designed for African-American men. The program, called Active & Healthy Brotherhood
(AHB), will provide information on basic health, and healthy eating, physical activity,
stress management, and how to get medical care when needed.The AHB intervention will be
compared to a control group that will receive basic health information in videos and
1. AA (based on self-report)
2. self-reported male
3. aged at least 21 years
4. non-institutionalized (i.e., community-dwelling, not living in assisted living
facilities, nursing homes, etc.)
5. at high risk for developing chronic disease (e.g., not meeting current guidelines for
PA and/or F&V intake; current smoker; diagnosed with high cholesterol) or
6. currently diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, or cardiovascular disease
7. residents of Forsyth County, NC (or surrounding areas and able to attend group
sessions in Forsyth County).
1. have had a cardiovascular procedure (e.g., heart surgery), heart attack, heart
failure, stroke in the last 6 months
2. have cognitive, visual, auditory, physical functional (e.g., unable to walk
unassisted), or language impairment precluding participation in group discussion,
learning activities, or data collection.
3. currently achieve >150 min/wk of moderate intensity PA or >75 min/wk of vigorous
intensity PA AND currently consume > 9 servings of F&V daily.
4. are currently enrolled in a chronic disease management program.
5. are unwilling to accept randomization assignment or planning to move from local area
in <2 years.
6. are currently receiving chemotherapy/radiation treatments.
Participants will be required to obtain approval from a health care provider prior to
participation in the study if they:
1. are unable to participate in moderate PA due to physical limitations as indicated by
positive (risk) responses on the PA Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and/or physician
disapproval on the PAR Medical Examination.
2. have BP>180/>110 and/or HbA1C>12 and/or triglycerides >500.
3. have health conditions that could preclude changes to diet (e.g., irritable bowel
syndrome, celiac disease)