A health education pilot for Latina women with diabetes

The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot test nutrition and physical activity educational tools for immigrant Latina women who have type 2 diabetes and low health literacy levels. Participants' ability to use the tools was assessed and a focus group was conducted (n=26). During two classes, the women were taught diabetes concepts related to nutrition and physical activity and were given a pedometer. The women recorded in a log vegetables consumed and steps taken. Nearly all participants (n=24) completed the nutrition log, and most used the pedometer (n=25) and completed the step log for 5 or more days (n=19). The women reported that the pedometer and logs helped them increase vegetable consumption and physical activity. Interventions for this population should use plain language, tools that are easy to use, and strategies that encourage behavioral change.