Perceptions about Cholesterol among a Hispanic Population and Intent to Behavior Change after Intervention
Keywords:Cholesterol, Behavior change, Hispanics, Perceptions, Intent
Purpose: This research aimed at studying perceptions about cholesterol in Hispanics, and uncover, if they were willing to make lifestyle changes because of cholesterol and its effects on health.Methods: Qualitative: Interviews were conducted with five participants from a Northeast Texas community based organization. Quantitative: Pre and post surveys were given to eighty-three different participants, conveniently chosen from the community based organization. A paired sample t-test was used to compare the responses. Results: The qualitative study showed that it was hard for people to make the time to exercise due to busy work schedules and majority of them ate greasy food cooked in lard at home.The quantitative study showed that people were willing to make lifestyle changes after the intervention: They were more likely to consider getting their cholesterol tested at least once a year (p<.000), exercise at least three times a week (p<.000) and eat a balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables (p<.000). Conclusion: Participants weren’t clear on the effects of cholesterol on health before the intervention. There was an overwhelming positive response after the intervention where people were willing to make lifestyle changes. These changes included eating a balanced diet, exercising at least three times a week, and getting cholesterol tested at least once a year
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