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Stepping STONE (Survivors Taking on Nutrition & Exercise)

Vanessa Sheppard, PhD, and Lucille Adams-Campbell, PhD, Georgetown University
Study abstract

The research team is conducting a 12-week two-arm RCT to teach behavioral skills, provide social support and increase women’s self-efficacy in performing positive physical activity (e.g., increase steps per day) and dietary behaviors. In the trial, 120 women will be randomly assigned to either a usual care control (C; n = 60) or intervention (I; n=60) arm. The intervention arm consists of 6 group sessions and 6 individual phone motivational interviewing sessions delivered by a trained peer (survivor coach). At the groups, women will receive an individual PA/dietary “prescription” (e.g., 10,000 steps per day) and group-based physical activity/dietary activities (nutrition demonstrations). Coaches will tailor phone sessions according to survivors’ baseline attitudes, intentions, and social/cultural norms and serve as a source of support. Assessments will occur at 6 weeks and 1 month post intervention.

Study review

Researchers at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, developed a program that they hope will help Black/African-American breast cancer survivors increase their physical activity and improve their diet. This study is looking at the effectiveness of the program in improving the quality of health behaviors. The researchers wanted to enroll 50 Black/African-American breast cancer survivors in the study. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on October 12, 2011. When the research team closed enrollment on February 7, 2013, the Army of Women had provided them with 23 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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