African Americans in Trenton, N.J., Lose Weight with Support from Eight-Week Workshops

Developing a program to demonstrate and support healthy eating and increase physical activity among low-income urban families

Trenton's H.O.P.E., a New Jersey-based community development corporation, conducted a series of eight-week workshops on healthy eating and physical activity in 2005 and 2006. The workshops served moderate- and low-income, mostly African-American, Trenton residents.

Key Results:

  • All of the participants trying to lose weight did so. Weight loss ranged from 4 to 40 pounds.
  • Program participants reported greater activity levels and other health benefits.