The black seventh-day adventist exploratory health study

David L. Nyenhuis*, Philip B. Gorelick, Cheryl Easley, David C. Garron, Yvonne Harris, De Juran Richardson, Rema Raman, Paul Levy

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African Americans are at high risk for stroke and dementia. Modifications of lifestyle, however, might lower this risk. The Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church encourages both spiritual adherence and a healthy lifestyle. Members are encouraged to exercise and are discouraged from smoking, drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, or eating meat. The present study describes an exploratory project in 2 Black SDA congregations (N=82) designed to characterize the lifestyle, dietary, and spiritual health habits of these congregations, and to test the feasibility of collecting such information in the Black SDA community at large. Three separate data collection methods are described and evaluated. Data demonstrate that the sample differs significantly from the African-American community at large in dietary, lifesfyle, and spiritual health habits. The Black SDA community represents a unique opportunity to test the effects of diet, lifestyle, and spirituality on risk for stroke and dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-212
Number of pages5
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Dementia
  • Epidemiology
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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