The Bronx Oncology Living Daily (BOLD) Healthy Living Program is the first known lifestyle intervention program specifically designed to address diabetes risk reduction in a predominantly African American and Latino population of cancer survivors. The lifestyle intervention consists of one sixty-minute group exercise class plus one sixty- to ninety-minute group nutrition class per week for the duration of a four- or twelve-week intervention led by a licensed personal trainer and registered dietician. The nutrition education curriculum is made available in English and Spanish and incorporates educational handouts and presentations. Instructors use social-ecological modeling and integrated cognitive behavioral and motivational strategies to reduce barriers to lifestyle changes while promoting sustainability. Strategies include weekly food and exercise journaling, goal setting, a buddy system, and family and community engagement.
Since the program’s inception in March 2011, the BOLD Healthy Living Program has enrolled 103 cancer survivors and co-survivors to the program. Classes have been held at various, diverse geographical sites in the Bronx including the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care, Lincoln Medical Center, Goodwill Baptist Church, and the American Cancer Society-Bronx Division.
Funding for this program was made possible through the generosity of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center Legacy Grant.
For more information, please contact the BOLD Healthy Living, Program Coordinator,
Melissa Martinez, M.S. by phone at 718-430-4044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.