Continuing the momentum of the American Indian Healthy Eating research project, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs (“Commission”) aims to reduce the high prevalence of childhood obesity amongst American Indian children by focusing on children ages 3 to 18 and the broader communities in which these children and adolescents live, pray, study, eat, and play.


Specifically, the Commission will partner with participating tribes and urban Indian organizations in North Carolina on Healthy, Native North Carolinians.  This new initiative strives to increase the likelihood that participating tribes and urban Indian organizations can be more effective in creating measurable and meaningful community changes to promote healthy eating and active living.  Throughout this initiative, efforts will be made to integrate and facilitate community and state-level partnerships with tribal youth groups, faith-based organizations, healthcare systems, economic development, state health agencies, and corporations.  The Commission, along with participating tribes and urban Indian organizations will partner with a workshop development and evaluation assistance team at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  The goal of this two-year community change capacity building workshop series is to facilitate capacity for developing, implementing, and evaluating community changes around healthy eating and active living within participating tribal communities and to help leverage common goals and resources amongst participating tribal communities.


  • NC Commission on Indian Affairs (CDC), September 1, 2011- August 31, 2013


Principal Investigator: Alice Ammerman, DrPH
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