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Open Access Engagement Indicators Predict Health Changes in a Lifestyle Intervention

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Objective: To evaluate the utility of several participant engagement indicators for predicting health changes in a church-based lifestyle intervention shown effective for improving dietary, physical activity, and clinical outcomes. Methods: Descriptive indicators were constructed using 2 participant engagement measures – education session attendance (EDA) and exercise class attendance (EXA) – separately and combined. Relationships of 6 engagement indicators to health outcomes were tested using generalized linear mixed models. Results: EDA predicted 5 dietary and 1 clinical outcome, whereas EXA predicted one physical activity and one clinical outcome. The combined indicator predicted the same 7 outcomes. Conclusion: Use of single engagement indicators specific to each intervention component is advocated for predicting relevant health outcome.

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Keywords: AFRICAN AMERICAN; DIET; NUTRITION EDUCATION; PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Stoneville, MS, USA. [email protected] 2: Department of Medicine and Cancer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 3: US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Stoneville, MS, USA 4: Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech, VA, USA

Publication date: 01 May 2015

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