Fat Reduction Intervention Trial in African-Americans

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted : February 18, 2016
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Brief Summary:
To conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce dietary fat.

Condition or disease
Cardiovascular Diseases Coronary Heart Disease Risk Reduction Heart Diseases

Detailed Description:


The African-American population of the United States continues to experience high rates of mortality from cardiovascular (CV) disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke and renal failure. The major syndromes which determine CV risk, including obesity, hypercholesterolemia, glucose intolerance, and hypertension, all occur more frequently among African Americans. Nutritional factors underlie many forms of CV disease and are an important focus of current prevention efforts. Very little is currently known, however, about specific nutritional patterns among African Americans that might lead to CV risk, or the applicability of structured interventions.

The study was conducted in response to an initiative on "Collaborative Projects on Minority Health" which was released in October 1992 after review and approval at the September 1992 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council.


Given the growing recognition of the importance of total fat, from the point of view of both disease risk and eating patterns, the primary focus of the intervention was to reduce the percentage of calories in the diet from fat. Four hundred households were recruited and randomly assigned to either an active intervention or observation group for a period of 18 months. Dietary change consistent with specific recommendations made to the American public for reducing cardiovascular (CV) risk was encouraged, namely, reduction in total fat, saturated fat (SFA), and cholesterol (Chol). A practical, community-based program was developed which could be taken into households. Nutrition education and enhancement of skills helpful in making behavioral change formed the basis of the intervention. Lay educators, recruited from the target neighborhoods, worked under the close supervision of a community nutritionist. Changes in reported dietary intake, serum lipids/lipoproteins and body weights were measured. In addition to the formal evaluation of the trial outcome, an important secondary goal was to obtain detailed information about eating patterns in this community and characterize behavior associated with the achievement and maintenance of target nutrient goals.

The study was part of a collaborative project on minority health. Dr. Prewitt collaborated with Dr. Marian Fitzgibbon who was the principal investigator on R01HL51532.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.

Study Type : Observational
Study Start Date : September 1993
Actual Study Completion Date : August 1998

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria