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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Obesity Prevention in the Mississippi Delta Region of Mississippi

Location: Mid South Area (MSA)

Project Number: 6401-51000-001-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Apr 27, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2014

Develop and evaluate culturally appropriate dietary and physical activity interventional strategies, based upon the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), for obesity prevention and health promotion in this population.

This objective will be accomplished in two stages. We will first develop and evaluate relevant and culturally appropriate dietary modifications aimed at effecting significant improvement in adherence to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) in Delta populations. This will be accomplished by performing analysis of existing data from the FOODS 2000 study and food supply adequacy study to develop specific culturally acceptable dietary modification that can improve scores for specific health eating index (HEI)-2005 dietary components using familiar and available foods. The potential population impact of these modifications will be evaluated using data simulations methods. Finally we will utilize these dietary modifications to develop a culturally apporpriate church-based intervention aimed at improving dietary quality and physical activity frequency among Delta African Americans.

Last Modified: 4/23/2014
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