Looking AHEAD: Putting Lessons Learned from the Action for Health in Diabetes Study into Practice
The Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) enrolled 5,145 obese adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) from across sixteen sites and randomly allocated them to intervention or control groups. The participants were followed annually for a wide range of outcomes, with major assessments at one, four, and eight years. Over a third of these individuals self-identified as a member of a racial/ethnic minority group. This study followed the largest sample of minority individuals with T2DM and documents at Year 8 the best long term weight loss data reported in these groups of minority individuals. This is particularly critical in that racial and ethnic minority men and women are at elevated risk for T2DM and obesity. Look AHEAD data offers important insights into the weight loss experiences of these minority men and women. The first speaker will discuss the successful behavioral strategies which enabled these minority participants to achieve weight loss and glycemic control. The second speaker will present new results of the Real Health-Diabetes trial, one of the first translations of Look AHEAD’s lifestyle intervention for delivery in usual care. Results of a six-month pilot and a one-year randomized controlled trial in participants with T2DM will be discussed.
Planned with the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
- Outline the significant outcomes of the Look AHEAD study
- Identify the behavioral techniques that were successful within the various minority groups of Look AHEAD
- Describe translation research of an adaptation of Look AHEAD’s lifestyle intervention for delivery in usual care
- 12.5.5 Presents evaluation findings, outcomes and
recommendations to stakeholders to promote
change and/or substantiate program.
- 6.2.3 Interprets data to make recommendations and
to inform decisions
- 9.6.1 Determines and applies counseling theories,
psychological methods and strategies that
empower customers to make changes.
Delia West, PhD
Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair
Arnold School of Public Health University of South Carolina
Linda Delahanty, MS., RDN, LD
Director of Nutrition and Behavioral Research and Associate Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School
Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD
University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston