1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To develop information useful in promoting health through improved nutrition and lifestyles. Specifically: (1) Develop understanding of the relationships of diet, lifestyle and the prevalence of chronic diseases, particularly obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in American Indian peoples; and (2) Increase research cooperation between American Indian colleges and the USDA-ARS.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Identification and characterization of barriers to and facilitators of eating healthy diets and engaging in healthy lifestyles will be accomplished through a series of focus groups in American Indian communities. Focus groups will be conducted with appropriate review and approval by the respective institutional review boards used by Cankdeska Cikana Community College and ARS.
Work was completed in evaluating data obtained from structured focus groups on the Spirit Lake Lakota Nation on the subject of barriers and facilitators of following the Dietary Guidelines. A final manuscript is in preparation.