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Program Spotlight

by ODPHP November 22, 2010

This week we would like to spotlight the Fit for the Masters Use module of ProjectPower and how it was implemented by a Houston-based program.


Program Basics


The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has created a year-round diabetes awareness program called ProjectPower, which is specifically designed for implementation in African American churches.  In this program, the church can promote awareness messages and healthy family living by participating in one of the modules called Fit for the Masters Use (Physical Activity).   In this module, participants learn the definitions of diabetes and pre-diabetes.  This module increases awareness of why physical activity is important, introduces different forms of exercise, provides suggestions for getting started, discusses the recommended amounts of exercise for adults, and increases awareness of the healthcare provider’s role. According to Sherry Grover, her program tailored the module by offering some give-a-ways such as the ProjectPower pedometer and using line dancing, which has become increasingly popular in the African American community, as exercise.


Measuring Success

Grover says that they measure program success through knowledge and program assessments. Knowledge is measured in the form of pre/post quantitative test. The questions are focused on information presented in the Fit for the Master’s Use module.  Participants are asked to not include a name on questionnaires and consent for participation is constituted by completing the forms which are optional.

The program’s success is measured by the qualitative and quantitative measures. Qualitative measures are obtained by the Ambassador Evaluation.  Ambassadors are church representative trained by the ADA to conduct the year-round modules.  Questions measured address the presentation of the workshop and the materials used in the program.




Challenges faced in implementation include recruitment and funding.  The pastors of the churches are asked to recommend ambassadors’ or representatives from the church that can recruit church member participation.  Past participation has been low.  Some of the reasons given include: time constraints and not wanting to know about a potential illness.  “In addition,” Grover states, “funding for giveaways, materials and snacks is often a problem.”




Implementing a Similar Program in Your Community

Those interested in implementing similar programs can contact the ADA for market area, ambassador training and program materials.  The ambassador training is normally conducted at the ADA offices but can be conducted at individual churches.  After participants complete training, they are given ambassador materials for the program.  They are also given timelines.  The ADA will conduct follow-up on each participant’s progress.



How could you use this program in your community?


11/23/2010 2:02:40 PM #

Thanks to all. I am looking forward to working with you in Houston.


Sherry Grover United States |

11/29/2010 10:36:42 AM #

Pastoral leadership buy-in is crucial to any faith-based initiative.  Not only is it important to gain access to church resources and participants, but it is imperative that the senior pastor and/or the first lady physically participate in the program, as well. This form of marketing will guarantee recruitment and participation.

Cynthia United States |

12/4/2010 10:03:00 PM #

Sherry, it's always a joy talking with you. May God continue to bless you in your endeavors.

Arthur B, Faust United States |

3/16/2011 2:55:00 PM #

Participation, execution and participation! Quite required to be successful in this endeavor! Great research and many thanks to Dr. Grover.

Joseph S. Bowman United States |

7/15/2011 12:51:09 PM #

What a great idea - promote physical well being as you promote your mental well being. Churches are a great place to socialise with like minded peers so to introduce a diabetes awareness programme that you can partake with your "friends" is a wonderful idea. Faith is a wonderful thing, but we also have to look after our physical body and combining the two is clearly heaven sent. God bless you all

Stephanie United Kingdom |

1/9/2012 6:58:51 AM #

This is really very good news that communities like American Diabetes Association (ADA) has created diabetes awareness program called ProjectPower. We need such program to know the people facts about diabetes and the exercises which will help to improve the health in diabetes.
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ved United States |

7/24/2012 1:11:20 AM #

I agree ved, we do need to get more information with justthe simple facts, starting with eating and exercising smart.

Polly United States |

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