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Table 1 Heart Matters Intervention

From: Heart Matters: a study protocol for a community based randomized trial aimed at reducing cardiovascular risk in a rural, African American community

Phase Component Format Content
Phase 1: Learning New Information (Months 1–3) Group Sessions 1–8 • 90 min
• Weekly
• In-person
• Discuss benefits/barriers to healthy eating and engaging in physical activity
• Introduce new or alternative dietary and physical activity behaviors (behavior modifications)
• Participate in physical activities and food-tastings
Individual Sessions 1–3 • 30–60 min
• Bimonthly
• Via phone
• Set personal goals according to Lifestyle Guidelines
• Monitor and track goals
• Review food and fitness diaries
Phase 2: Learning New Information (Months 4–6) Group Sessions 9–14 • 90 min
• Bimonthly
• In-person
• Discuss benefits/barriers to healthy eating and engaging in physical activity
• Introduce new or alternative dietary and physical activity behaviors (behavior modifications)
• Participate in physical activities and food-tastings
Individual Session 4 • 30–60 min
• Via phone
• Monitor and track goals
• Review food and fitness diaries
Phase 3: Maintenance (Months 7–12) Group Sessions 15–26 • 90 min
• Bimonthly
• In-person
• Attend exercise classes
• Listen and discuss with guest speakers
• Visit restaurants
Individual Session 5–7 • 30–60 min
• Every other month
• Via phone
• Monitor and track goals
• Review food and fitness diaries