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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