Topic area(s): Health Disparities 


The purpose of this evidence-based intervention is to implement a translatable, tailored lifestyle program to African American men, age 45 and older, with the goal of addressing identified health disparities, including greater risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes.


African American men are at greater risk than other adults for coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes – many of the leading causes of death in the United States. Evidence indicates racial disparities in health behaviors, such as physical activity and healthy eating, significantly contribute to the higher rates of morbidity and mortality in African American men. Active and Healthy Brotherhood is a tailored lifestyle program that directly responds to this phenomenon. The long-term goal of the program is to develop an evidence-based healthy lifestyle intervention of middle-aged and older African American men that can be translated in various community settings. This program is unique in that it provides much-needed physical activity and healthy eating interventions tailored to the cultural and masculine identities, specific needs, and preferential interests of midlife and older African American men.

The program will pursue three primary aims:

  • Test the effects of the Active and Healthy Brotherhood intervention on a physical activity level, dietary outcomes
  • Test the effects of the intervention on mediators of behavior change
  • Test the effects of the intervention on blood pressure and waist circumference




Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Lead Principal Investigator