This study aimed at averting challenges of overweight and obesity among African Americans in rural Alabama. Focus group discussions and surveys were used to design a 12-week nutrition education and physical activity program. Results showed a significant improvement (p<0.05) in participants’ knowledge scores. Values for systolic blood pressure significantly reduced (p<0.00). There was an increase in number of participants with normal blood pressure and a reduction in number of participants with stage 2 hypertension. The study highlights that nutrition education and physical activity can lead to improved health outcomes among African Americans in rural Alabama.
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Tumwebaze, J., Kagulire, J., & Dawkins, N. L. (2022). Overweight and Obesity Challenges Among African Americans in Rural Alabama Black Belt. The Journal of Extension, 60(2), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.02.15