Medical Lifestyle Center-Community Healthy Eating Initiative to Improve DM Outcomes (ST10-012)

Main Institution:

Cook County Health & Hospitals System, Chicago (USA)

Principal Investigator:

Leon Fogelfeld

Location of the project:

Chicago (USA)

Amount allocated:

USD 65,000


September 1, 2011 - November 1, 2014


Healthy eating is a key component of successful diabetes self-management.  In urban, low-income neighborhoods, the obstacles to adopting healthy eating practices include access to healthy, affordable food, knowledge of what constitutes a healthy meal, and difficulties consistently preparing and choosing healthy menu items.  We propose testing the feasibility of expanding an existing diabetes education program with additional interactive healthy meal planning/cooking classes in a medical center serving a low-income, diverse, uninsured population combined with additional culinary/wellness training and improved healthy food access in community grocery stores.  Outcomes include healthy weight changes, metabolic control, and eating indicators

"Education helps decision-making for affordable, healthy food and control" Diabetes Voice, June 2014

Project ended November 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.