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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Southern University and A&M College


Adopting the Dietary Guidelines’ Eating Patterns and Physical Activity Recommendations for the Delta African-Americans

Reducing weight gain and risk factors for  

obesity-related chronic diseases in Lower Mississippi Delta African American parents and their children is of major concern. Southern University & A&M College cooperating scientists are utilizing a culturally tailored intervention (We Can!) (NIH-NHLBI, 2009) which is designed to educate parents how to encourage their children to improve food and physical activity behaviors by modifying the youth’s beliefs and values. Changes in the Health Eating Index (HEI) scores, physical activity level, percent body fat, and chronic disease biomarkers will provide the researchers with an overall understanding of the effectiveness level of the intervention We Can! For additional information, contact Dr. Bernestine McGee (


Project Leader:

Bernestine McGee, Lead



2012 Research Personnel Included:

Glenda S. Johnson, Ph.D., RD, LDN

Valerie Richardson, MPA, RD, LDN

Crystal Johnson, B.S
Debbie Gwinn, B.S.

Daniel Colins

Cecil Duncan

Lorraine Fuller

Sharon Hutchinson

Robert Kelly

Alma Thornton





Last Modified: 3/7/2014
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