An Evaluation of a Culturally- and Linguistically-Appropriate Online Diet Program for U.S Hispanics
The purpose of this study is to conduct a randomized trial to rigorously test the efficacy of the MiDieta eHealth portal for weight loss among overweight, though otherwise healthy, members of the Hispanic community, many of whom may be members of collaborating managed care organizations.
Behavioral: Online MiDieta Diet and Weight Management Program for Hispanics
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||An Evaluation of a Culturally- and Linguistically-Appropriate eHealth Portal to Facilitate Improved Diets, Increased Fitness-Levels, and Weight-Loss Among U.S. Hispanics|
- Weight loss
- Dietary behaviors
- Fitness activities
- Program acceptability by users
|Study Start Date:||September 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Obesity is a major and growing problem among U.S. Hispanics with serious implications for diabetes and other chronic disease risks. Current trends among youth suggest that disparities in obesity between minorities and non-Hispanic whites will amplify. Reducing such health disparities is a priority for federal, state and local governmental bodies and communities. Attaining these objectives will require interventions that are culturally- and linguistically appropriate. U.S. healthcare providers, however, have few culturally-appropriate tools and inadequate numbers of bilingual, trained healthcare professionals to address these challenges.
A culturally-appropriate weight-management portal, supported by bilingual Latina dietitians available for remote email counseling, offers an attractive mechanism for efficiently serving the underserved. MiDieta/MyDiet is the leading online diet, fitness and weight management portal for U.S. Hispanic/Latinos. MiDieta is bilingual (Spanish/English), based on Latino foods & habits and already available through dozens of media, hospital, and health plan websites. Thousands of Hispanics access MiDieta each week. Tommy Thompson recently selected MiDieta as one of the "20 most innovative health promotion and disease prevention applications" in the U.S.
|United States, Georgia|
|Roswell, Georgia, United States, 30076|
|Principal Investigator:||Dirk G Schroeder, ScD, MPH||DrTango, Inc.|
|Study Director:||Jessica L Malmad, MPH||DrTango, Inc.|