Newsmaker: Latino soap operas chronicle journey to healthy life
UMMS researchers design creative tool to reach population at high risk for diabetes
“If a character in the telenovela refuses to try tofu, nobody watching it is going to try tofu,” said Dr. Rosal, a lead researcher for the study, who said many Latina patients are such devoted soap opera fans that they schedule their medical appointments around them. The videos were so popular during the intervention that participants were glued to their TVs, according to Rosal.
“It only takes a loss of five or ten pounds in this population (Latinos) for a big increase in health benefits,” said Dr. Ockene, principal investigator.
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Complete paper: Outcomes of a Latino Community-Based Intervention for the prevention of Diabetes: The Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project