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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Alcorn State University


Enhancing Fruit/Vegetable Consumption of African-American

Mothers and Children in Southwest Mississippi

The prevalence of childhood obesity is of great proportions amongst rural, limited resource populations in the Lower Mississippi Delta region and particularly in Mississippi. Cooperating researchers at Alcorn State University are conducting research to reduce the current levels of obesity in these populations. Researchers will utilize a pre-/post-test design to determine the effectiveness of combining nutrition education with social support to help mothers make dietary changes. These changes will be monitored by looking for an increased consumption level of fruits and vegetables in women. Physical activity promotion and nutrition education will be provided to the children as a motivational factor to make healthier food choices.   Additional information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Mattie Rasco (    










Principal Investigator:

Dr. Barry Bequette

Project Leader:

Rasco, Mattie (, Lead


2012 Research Personnel Included:


 Ezekwe, Edith
 Lucas, Gwendolyn
 Catchings, Cinda






Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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