Examining Dietary Habits of African American Families to Reduce Obesity

North Carolina A&T researchers did some work within a church in Halifax County, which has the fifth highest obesity rate in the state, to find out how the availability of nutritious foods affect healthy behaviors. Using focus groups, they found the demographic factors and community play a large role in physical activity and eating patterns in children and families. The community is very small, poor, and predominantly African American. The research project has helped the community gain a greater awareness of healthy behaviors to reduce obesity.

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