Cuidando El Corazon--a weight-reduction intervention for Mexican Americans

Am J Clin Nutr. 1991 Jun;53(6 Suppl):1639S-1641S. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/53.6.1639S.


Cuidando El Corazon (CEC; Taking Care of Your Heart) was designed to assess the effectiveness of a culturally adapted weight-reduction and exercise program for achieving long-term weight loss in Mexican Americans. CEC used a family-oriented approach to achieve lifestyle change in behavior. Participants were assigned to 1) a booklet-only comparison group that received a manual including behavior change, nutrition, and exercise information and traditional recipes modified in fat content; 2) an individual group that received the same manual and attended year-long classes; or 3) a family group that received a manual and attended classes that emphasized techniques for making changes in the family's eating and exercising habits. The family and individual groups had significantly greater weight losses than the information-only group. Weight loss was greatest in the family-involvement group and least in the information-only comparison group.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration
  • Health Promotion / standards*
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Obesity / ethnology
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Texas / epidemiology
  • Weight Loss