Date of Completion
Campus Access Capstone
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Description of the problem: Obesity, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Almost 1 in every 2 Americans is considered obese. Of note, Black and Latina women bear a disproportionate burden of disease with high rates of obesity.
Available knowledge: A Prisma-guided review of the literature revealed that interventions to assist Black and Latina women in losing weight through health coaching, text messaging, and weigh-ins were effective.
Specific aims: This quality improvement project aimed to facilitate underserved Black and Latina women with a BMI greater than 30 to lose an average of 5% of their body weight by program completion.
Intervention: The improvement intervention was a provider-led obesity program consisting of group health coaching, weekly weigh-ins, and weekly, supportive text messages to help Black and Latina women with a BMI greater than 30 lose an average of 5 % of their body weight over eight weeks. The program was carried out in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in New Jersey.
Evaluation: Four clients finished the program and did lose weight. Four clients dropped out of the program.
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Sciortino, Hilda Gail, "Weight Loss Program for Minority Women-Hit Your Goals in 8 Weeks!" (2022). Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Projects. 35.