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Adapting the Diabetes Prevention Program for Native American Youth

This study (299-OR) explored ways to modify the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle change program to make it culturally and age appropriate for Native American youth.

The JOURNEY to Native Youth Health pilot study incorporated Native games and dancing, berry-picking and horseback riding as culturally specific means of increasing physical activity and used storytelling as a device for imparting health information, among other interventions.  

Those in the active intervention group burned more calories, ate less fat, had higher amounts of physical activity and had lower amounts of “screen time” than those in the control group. As a result, those who were overweight or obese at the beginning of the study and randomized to the active intervention group successfully lowered their BMI more than those in the control group.  

ADA Scientific Sessions (299-OR) June 27, 2011