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Am J Public Health. 2010 Feb;100(2):272-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.162115. Epub 2009 Dec 17.

LUCHAR: using computer technology to battle heart disease among Latinos.

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  • 1Colorado Health Outcomes Program, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA.


Many promising technology-based programs designed to promote healthy behaviors such as physical activity and healthy eating have not been adapted for use with diverse communities, including Latino communities. We designed a community-based health kiosk program for English- and Spanish-speaking Latinos. Users receive personalized feedback on nutrition, physical activity, and smoking behaviors from computerized role models that guide them in establishing goals in 1 or more of these 3 areas. We found significant improvements in nutrition and physical activity among 245 Latino program users; however, no changes were observed with respect to smoking behaviors. The program shows promise for extending the reach of chronic disease prevention and self-management programs.

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