Healthy Eating and Exercising to Prevent Diabetes (HEED)

Funding Source:
MI Women's Foundation $20,000; 2/00-2/01
Goals & Objectives:
To strengthen the capacity of eastside Detroit communities to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
East side Detroit residents, primarily African American
  • Detroit Health Department
  • Eastside Parish Nurse Network
  • Friends of Parkside
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Islandview Development Corporation
  • Village Health Workers
  • Warren/Conner Development Coalition, UM School of Public Health.

Approximately 20 community members trained as HEED advocates on topics related to diabetes risk factors, access barriers. Activities include fruit/veggie mini-markets, walking clubs, information fairs, healthy cooking demonstrations.

Outcome Indicators:
  • Raised knowledge about diabetes risk factors and prevention
  • Raised social support
  • Raised access to information about diabetes/healthy foods
  • Expanded resources for fitness/exercise activities
Methods & Analyses:
  • Pre-post training assessment
  • Process and outcome evaluation using project documentation
Pre-post training assessment indicates increased knowledge among participants about diabetes prevention, importance of diet and exercise.