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Stroke and Heart Disease Prevention Education via Telenovela: A Focus Group's Evaluation.
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PMID:  22949274     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: To evaluate a telenovela, "La Familia Nutritiva y Balanceada," for cultural context and its efficacy as an educational tool to promote positive health behaviors in Latino families.
METHOD: Ethnography was employed to interpret cultural health behaviors of 12 Latinas through a focus group after viewing the telenovela, a culturally accepted form of entertainment education.
RESULTS: Analysis of the transcribed interview revealed three recurrent themes: Not all fat is bad; add fruits and vegetables daily to diet; and children need to be involved. The group purported that the inclusion of children in the marketing and preparation of the food would translate into better food habits.
DISCUSSION: Participants demonstrated basic knowledge between food and health, and acknowledged that they gained an appreciation for good fat in the diet. The group related the telenovela would be a good tool for clinics, health fairs, and schools.
CONCLUSION: Latinos are at high risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Health education messages need to incorporate cultural norms into an intervention that supports a behavior change, such as improved nutrition. Studies support that Latinos connect to media, such as telenovela and interpersonal communication, which make these appropriate choices for health education tools.
Stephanie Vaughn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0278-4807     ISO Abbreviation:  Rehabil Nurs     Publication Date:    2012 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8104825     Medline TA:  Rehabil Nurs     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-9     Citation Subset:  N    
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© 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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