Our Health Is in Our Hands: A Social Marketing Campaign to Combat Obesity and Diabetes.
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Purpose . Design, implement, and evaluate a 6-week social marketing campaign (SMC) to raise awareness of obesity and increase involvement in type 2 diabetes prevention, nutrition, and fitness programs offered by the Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes (BP3D) in two low-income, urban communities. Design . This was a nonexperimental, formative research, mixed-methods study. Setting . The study took place in Central Brooklyn and East New York, two of the most impoverished, high-need communities in New York City. Subjects . Participants were black and Hispanic adults, who were 18+ years of age and residing in the priority communities. Intervention . Advertisements in English and Spanish encouraging healthier eating habits and advocating for better food options were displayed on New York City bus shelters, buses, and subway cars operating in the priority communities. Social media, Web sites, and print material were used to promote the campaign message. Measures . Social media metrics and a street intercept postsurvey informed the campaign's success. Analysis . Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results . One hundred advertisements in English and Spanish were posted. After an 18-month follow-up, there were over 11,000 visits to the Facebook page. Results from the postsurvey (n = 171) suggest the SMC motivated participants who recognized the advertisements to improve their health behaviors. Conclusion . A multifaceted SMC that coincides with prevention programs can effectively raise attention to health issues and activities in a high-risk population at a relatively low cost.