LUCHAR: using computer technology to battle heart disease among Latinos

Am J Public Health. 2010 Feb;100(2):272-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.162115. Epub 2009 Dec 17.


Many promising technology-based programs designed to promote healthy behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating have not been adapted for use with diverse communities, including Latino communities. We designed a community-based health kiosk program for English- and Spanish-speaking Latinos. Users receive personalized feedback on nutrition, physical activity, and smoking behaviors from computerized role models that guide them in establishing goals in 1 or more of these 3 areas. We found significant improvements in nutrition and physical activity among 245 Latino program users; however, no changes were observed with respect to smoking behaviors. The program shows promise for extending the reach of chronic disease prevention and self-management programs.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Audiovisual Aids*
  • Colorado
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Exercise
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Hispanic Americans*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multilingualism
  • Pilot Projects
  • User-Computer Interface*