Clinical Trial

Nutrition Education for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Study Description

Nutrition Education for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Spinal Cord Injury

This is a randomized controlled trial to study a nutrition education intervention in individuals with spinal cord injuries both in the acute rehabilitation setting (n = 100) and the community setting (n = 100). Participants in the treatment group will receive six interactive nutrition lectures based upon a successful program that has been used in older adults titled "Eat Smart, Stay Well". The goals of intervention are to improve whole-grain, fruit and vegetable, and low-fat dairy intake and reduce fat and saturated fat intake. Secondary outcomes will include improvements in waist circumference of body mass index and some biomarkers such as cholesterol and blood sugar.


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No pharmaceutical medication involved No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Control

Participants in the control group will receive the standard nutrition lecture currently given at Carolinas Rehabilitation to all inpatients with spinal cord injuries. This one lecture is what is required by Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Behavioral - Eat Smart, Live Better

Intervention participants will participate in a series of six, 60-minute small group sessions of interactive nutrition education discussions led by a Registered Dietitian delivered over 3 weeks. They will also have one follow-up comprehensive nutrition education session approximately 3 months after receipt of the Eat Smart, Live Better curriculum. In order to help us assess the effectiveness of the nutrition education program, we will assess nutrition behavior and knowledge at this time as well. more on

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Official Study Title

Nutrition Education for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury

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