Diet, Healthy clinical trials at UC Health
1 research study open to eligible people
open to eligible females ages 21-45
Wholehearted living touches every aspect of life, from eating nourishing foods, to enjoying enough physical activity, to cultivating relationships that support healthy choices, to joining with neighbors to stand up for positive changes, and more. Unfortunately, for many low-income Californians, the idea of wholehearted living is an aspiration and not a reality. Koa Family: Strong, Healthy, Whole is an approach designed to make wholehearted living available for all. The Approach Koa Family is a 4-month journey to establish "micro-communities" of women supporting one another- mind, body, and spirit. The foundation of this approach is a new, custom-designed, online Whole Health Program (WHP) that addresses healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management within the context of wholehearted living. Low-income women and a lifestyle coach will meet weekly in a virtual platform to learn, experience, grow, and thrive as they reach their diet, physical activity, and weight management goals. Participants in the WHP will receive additional encouragement and access to local resources through a private and secure Facebook group. The group will provide a place for women to continue their wholehearted health journeys beyond the weekly meetings. Koa Family participants also will be invited to take part in a neighborhood tree planting campaign to create real, long-lasting, healthy changes to the environment in which they live. The Study Koa Family, with WHP at its core, is the product of extensive formative research both nationally and within low-income California communities. Koa Family will be introduced in Sacramento County in February 2021. It will be evaluated for effectiveness among 120 low-income, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-Ed eligible women using a randomized controlled trial study design, the gold standard for assessing effectiveness of an intervention. Outcomes include changes in Body Mass Index, diet, and physical activity measured at 4 and 6 months from baseline. An economic analysis will assess the cost-effectiveness of Koa Family, while qualitative methods will identify mediating factors related to the study outcomes. Funding Koa Family is a project of the Population Health Group at the University of California, Davis, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. Funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE).
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