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A 40-Day Journey to Better Health: Utilizing the DanielFast to Improve Health Outcomes in Urban Church-Based Settings

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Department of Health & Exercise Sciences, School of Health Professions, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ 08028, USA
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Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ 08103, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, School of Osteopathic Medicine, Rowan University, Stratford, NJ 08084, USA
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Department of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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Department of Anthropology, Global Health Studies Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
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Ride & Rebuild, LLC, Philadelphia, PA 19151, USA
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Department of Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
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Zipongo, Inc., San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
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AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, Philadelphia, PA 19113, USA
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Keystone First, Philadelphia, PA 19113, USA
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Healthcare 2018, 6(1), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6010025
Received: 31 January 2018 / Revised: 27 February 2018 / Accepted: 1 March 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
Background: As the costs associated with obesity increase, it is vital to evaluate the effectiveness of chronic disease prevention among underserved groups, particularly in urban settings. This research study evaluated Philadelphia area Keystone First members and church participants enrolled in a group health education program to determine the impact of the Daniel Fast on physical health and the adoption of healthy behaviors. Methods: Participants attended six-weekly health education sessions in two participating churches, and were provided with a digital healthy eating platform. Results: There was a statistically significant decrease from baseline to post assessment for weight, waist circumference and cholesterol. Participants reported a significant improvement in their overall well-being, social and physical functioning, vitality and mental health. Conclusion: Results of this study demonstrate that dietary recommendations and comprehensive group health education delivered in churches and reinforced on a digital platform can improve physical health, knowledge and psychosocial outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: African American; community intervention; urban settings; health disparity; technology; weight loss; nutrition education African American; community intervention; urban settings; health disparity; technology; weight loss; nutrition education
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Vaughn, N.A.; Brown, D.; Reyes, B.O.; Wyatt, C.; Arnold, K.T.; Dalianis, E.; Kalksma, P.J.; Roth, C.; Langheier, J.; Pajil-Battle, M.; Grant, M. A 40-Day Journey to Better Health: Utilizing the DanielFast to Improve Health Outcomes in Urban Church-Based Settings. Healthcare 2018, 6, 25.

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