Pathway to Health (PATH; 健康新路): A Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Diabetes (ST12-019)

Main institution:
Shanxi Evergreen Service (China)

Other institution:
Department of Health and Kinesiology, University of Texas at San Antonio (USA)

Principal investigator:
Mark Strand

Other investigators:
Zenong Yin; Meizi He; Henry Lynn; Judith Lee Perry

Location of the project:
Yuci District, Jinzhong Prefecture, Shanxi Province, People’s Republic of China

Amount allocated:
USD 65.000

July 1, 2012 - December 1, 2014


In response to the recent surge of type 2 diabetes in China, the team proposed to test the feasibility of a 9-month lifestyle intervention, Pathway to Health (PATH; 健康), to reduce risks for diabetes in Chinese women. Based on the successful U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program, the China Da Qing Diabetes Prevention Study, and the accumulative work of the research team, PATH is built upon the infrastructure of recently restructured Chinese healthcare system and has great potential for generalization and sustainability in China, if proven successful. The proposed study was conducted in Yuci, Shanxi Province, China.

Results to date

Christian Medical Dental Association Continuing Education conference, Chiang Mai (Thailand), February 2013
Christian Medical Dental Association Continuing Education conference, Eretria (Greece), February 2014
12th China Nutrition Science Congress, Beijing (China), May 2015
Public Health Nutrition Symposium, Shenzhen (China), June 2015


* Project completed in December 2014

BRIDGES (Bringing Research in Diabetes to Global Environments and Systems) is a programme initiated by the International Diabetes Federation, and supported by an educational grant from Lilly Diabetes.