Community support can make you healthier--and can help you lose weight, too


During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people's lives were disrupted, and isolation increased. And with that isolation came weight gain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says children and adults have gained weight during the pandemic, stressing that obesity worsens COVID-19 outcomes. However, a recent Mayo Clinic community-based pilot study suggests that weight gain can be prevented and perhaps reversed — even during a pandemic — with the help and support of a person's community.

The pilot study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a 12-week behavioral program for weight loss and improved cardiovascular health. It was designed to be used with Somali and Hispanic immigrants living in Southeast Minnesota. The peer-led intervention was delivered by community-based "health promoters."

CTSA Program In Action Goals
Goal 2: Engage Patients and Communities in Every Phase of the Translational Process