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Native Opportunities to Stop Hypertension (NOSH)

Improving Care for High Blood Pressure

In collaboration with Washington State University, Avera Research Institute is looking for 100 American Indian/Alaskan Native adults 18 years of age and older with diagnosed hypertension to participate in a 12-week randomized trial in the Rapid City and Sioux Falls or surrounding areas.

Study Goals

The goals of the study is to evaluate the effect of the intervention on blood pressure and secondary outcomes such as BMI, heart disease risk, and fruit and vegetable consumption over 12 weeks.

Study Details

Native Opportunities to Stop Hypertension (NOSH) is an eight-week DASH diet intervention program designed to improve blood pressure control in American Indians/Alaskan Natives diagnosed with hypertension.

  • Intervention includes a DASH diet curriculum with emphasis on a low salt diet.
  • Participants will be randomized into the intervention or control group, both groups will complete study visits prior to the eight-week time period and will have additional follow-up visits.
  • During the eight weeks, they will have weekly study visits over the phone where they will be providing blood pressure recordings.
  • Participants are provided a free blood pressure monitor to keep, along with $35 weekly grocery credit for the eight weeks.
  • They will get up to an additional $150 in compensation for completion of all study visits.

Eligibility Requirements

  • American Indian/Alaska Native, over 18 years old
  • Diagnosed hypertension for over one year
  • Provider approval for participation
  • Averaging 130 systolic blood pressure readings or higher
  • Various health-related inclusion/exclusion criteria

NOSH Research Locations

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