NUTRITIOUS EATING WITH SOUL (NEW SOUL) DISSEMINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION

FUNDING SOURCE: National Institutes Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, 2022-2027

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The NEW Soul Dissemination and Implementation (NEW Soul D&I) study will examine the effectiveness and implementation of a behavioral plant-based dietary intervention with African American adults. The study will be conducted in the community in partnership with two vegan soul food restaurants. Using a randomized design, the investigators will assess effectiveness of two delivery approaches: (1) In-person, live weekly classes with restaurant voucher or (2) restaurant voucher-only. Participants will be asked to follow a plant-based diet and attend weekly group classes for 3 months at a local restaurant. They will also receive guidance on how to choose foods to meet their nutrient needs that fit within the vegan diet and receive a voucher each week for a free plant-based meal at the restaurant. The second group will receive vouchers to a local restaurant only and will receive classes at the end of the 12-week study. Investigators will also conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of delivering the online intervention plus voucher vs. voucher-only with the outcome of cost/change in weight, healthy eating index, and quality adjusted life year.

PUBLICATIONS:

Bernhart, J.A., Quattlebaum, M., Eustis, S., Okpara, N., Wilson, M.J., Sentman, C., Turner-McGrievy, G.M. (in press) “It’s gonna be okay” – A qualitative exploration of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on African American participants in a dietary intervention study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Epub ahead of print: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2023.07.003
DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2023.07.003
Abstract: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37437808/