The Health and Human Services Facet is our newest addition to our program facets. For the past six years, our initial partnership with the University of California, Davis related to health disparities, heart health and other high-risk diseases, has evolved into our current Preventing High-Risk Diseases (PHD) Program. The mission of the chapter’s program is to transform lives by reducing high-risk diseases in African American women through education, prevention, lifestyle changes, diet and behavior modification.
On June 8, 2013, 23 members of the Del Paso Heights Community embarked on a 90-day pilot project that encouraged and supported a healthier way of living that we hoped would transition into a long-term lifestyle change. The program provided expertise to improve health and our encouragement and motivation to transition this knowledge into life-long changes. Participants trained with a Fitness Expert, Cooked & Dined with a Dietician and Grocery Shoped with knowledgeable mentors. We engaged participants, through their daily journaling, in dialog and wanted to fostered conversations to address their challenges. Our aim was to help them realize THEIR goals by providing fitness training, expert advice on healthy eating options and lots of encouragement to motivate them in making good choices. With their courage and commitment, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease will STOP with them and a healthier lifestyle will begin, thus achieving our goal of Preventing High-Risk Diseases.
Eighty percent of participants graduated from the 90-day program with 171 pounds total lost. New healthy, practical, affordable recipes and cooking methods were learned. Numerous family, friends, coworkers and church members are eager to join this program after observing results of participants.