Essay on Effectivity of Personalized Classes

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Purpose
The aim of this study is to quantify the effectiveness of personalized classes versus support groups in the reduction of sodium content in the diet, with the goal of voluntary sodium reduction and the effect in blood pressure level in the Hispanic adult population.
Problem Statement:
The ethnic groups of Hispanics are the largest minority in United States, representing 15 % of the total US census, and 25 % of the adults in this ethnic group have cardiovascular diseases (CVD). According to the National Health and Nutrition survey, American adults consume an average of 3531 mg of sodium in their daily diet, representing almost twice of the national guidelines recommendation (Ayala, Tong, Valderrama, Ivy, & Keenan, 2010). The guidelines recommendation of sodium intake is 2300 mg/day in a non-hypertensive population and 1500 mg/day in a hypertensive, a prehypertensive, and a high risk population. Although there are multiples published works on hypertension and life style awareness, not much research is done on how to teach patients to reduce the sodium intake in their diet, and correctly read food labels. Studies have proven that non-pharmacological interventions have positive outcomes in controlling and preventing hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. (Rocha-Goldberg et al., 2010). Any study was found that assess the impact of personalized class or support groups on reducing the sodium consumption in the diet in the Hispanic population and its impact in…