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2003 - Inaugural meeting of charter members and Think Tank on Enhancing Obesity Research

Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural meeting of AACORN's charter members was held in Bethesda MD on March 22-23, 2003, with sponsorship from the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control. Members summarized current scientific evidence about the following topics.

  • The association of obesity with cardiovascular disease and mortality in African American adults
  • Intersections of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease
  • Weight loss interventions for diabetes in African American adults
  • Obesity and children
  • Dietary patterns of African Americans and how they relate to obesity and obesity-related diseases
  • Implications of dietary practices in African Americans for obesity prevention and treatment
  • Weight gain issues in African American Cancer survivors
  • Designing culturally-sensitive measurement instruments with applications to weight and body size issues
  • Building deep cultural structure into weight loss interventions for African Americans
  • Family-based intervention for obesity prevention and treatment among African American girls
  • Interventions to increase physical activity in African Americans
  • An environmental approach to the prevention of weight gain in African American women

Think Tank on Enhancing Obesity Research

Immediately after the AACORN meeting the Charter Members participated in the March 24-25, 2003 Think Tank on Enhancing Obesity Research [PDF] at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (National Institutes of Health).

The AACORN research priorities that resulted from the combined insights from these two meetings are summarized in Achieving Healthy Weight in African-American Communities: Research Perspectives and Priorities [PDF]

Authors: Kumanyika SK, Gary TL, Lancaster KJ, Samuel-Hodge CD, Banks-Wallace J, Beech BM, Hughes-Halbert C, Karanja N, Odoms-Young AM, Prewitt TE, Whitt-Glover MC.

Published in: Obesity Research. December 2005, volume 13, number 12, pages 2037-2047.