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Research Project: Dietary and Physical Activity Guidance for Weight Loss and Maintenance

Location: Healthy Body Weight Research

Title: Indigenous diet based on the traditional foods of Northern Great Plains Indians

item Brunelle, Dale
item Hess, Julie
item Roemmich, James

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/21/2023
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The diet of Northern Great Plains Indians changed dramatically when they were removed from their ancestral land and placed on Reservations. This dramatic change was facilitated by restrictions place on Indians on where they could hunt and with the supplementation of non-tradition foods to their diet by the US government. These two events as well as an overall changing society, resulted in many American Indians no longer practicing their traditional diet. These changes also may have contributed to health problems seen in the American Indian population which include diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. This diet was developed as part of another project to determine how eating a diet with based primarily around traditionally eaten foods would effect American Indians activity and wellbeing.