Every Little Step Counts

Follow-up of a Culturally-Grounded Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents

Principal Investigator: Gabe Shaibi, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Funding: National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, center grant award U54 2U54MD002316 (2017-2022)

Community partners (St. Vincent de Paul Family Wellness Program and Lincoln Family YMCA) and SIRC  tested the efficacy of a  culturally-grounded diabetes prevention intervention, Every Little Step Counts (ELSC) for obese Latino adolescents from 2012-2017. This NIMHD award includes a five-year continuation study, Follow-up of a Culturally-Grounded Diabetes Prevention Program for Obese Latino Adolescents, led by Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (CHPDP) director Dr. Gabe Shaibi. The study will describe long-term health trajectories Latino adolescents following completion of ELSC and examine how family, home, and neighborhood factors are associated with individual diabetes risk profiles over time. The ELSC intervention focuses on sustaining healthy behavior changes through nutrition and fitness classes delivered to obese Latino adolescents and their families.