In spite of significant advances in the prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of most chronic diseases, there is evidence that racial and ethnic people of color tend to receive lower quality of care and less preventive interventions than the majority members of a community. While our health system should improve its efforts at addressing and reducing disproportionality in health care, African Americans can make behavioral changes through diet and exercise that will reduce their susceptibility to chronic illnesses. This article first reviews the prevalence, disparities, and characteristics of chronic diseases impacting the African American population. Second, it discusses culturally connected practices associated with the management, treatment, and prevention of chronic diseases among African Americans; more specifically, it explores cultural relevance as it pertains to diet and physical exercise. This paper outlines a process of behavioral change that will assist African Americans in transitioning to a healthier life style. Finally, it argues that African Americans can embrace behavioral changes to promote better health while continuing to embrace the richness of their culture.
Geyen, Dashiel J. Ed.D., M.P.H.
"Behavioral Changes for African Americans To Improve Health, Embrace Culture, and Minimize Disparities,"
ECI Interdisciplinary Journal for Legal and Social Policy: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: http://ecipublications.org/ijlsp/vol2/iss1/2