Smoking, drinking, physical activity, diet—our behavior has a tremendous impact on our physical health, mood, quality of life, and even our economic well-being. Changing unhealthy behaviors is vital to the prevention, management, and treatment of many important health conditions.

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Behavior change and wellness research at CHR focuses on areas such as tobacco use, substance abuse, weight loss, nutrition, physical activity, and the workplace. Interventions span a wide spectrum of styles. Many are clinically or community based, while others offer guided self-help programs using the Internet. We also coordinate large multi-center health behavior trials and study the return-on-investment of alternative health strategies and delivery methods. Increasingly in the last decade, CHR researchers have focused on complementary and integrative treatments to aid individuals in changing behavior and maintaining those changes.

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Culturally Competent Behavioral Intervention for Diabetes Risk Reduction

Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are more prevalent among Hispanic women than among non-Hispanic white women. This study is testing two weight-loss programs designed for low-income Hispanic women in a community health clinic. We will assess whether the programs help these women to lose weight and become more physically active. Our goal is to prevent the onset of diabetes among women with prediabetes, and help women with diabetes to better control their blood sugar.


Nangel Lindberg, PhD
Principal Investigator
Funder: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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