THE GOAL: To improve the nutrition and health of families of the Lower Mississippi River Delta region, the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is coordinating a major research initiative that brings together the talents of seven institutions in the three-state region, the Cooperative Extension Service in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, three rural communities (AR, MS, & LA) in the tri-state region, along with an analytical center. Each of these partners bring a unique research experience to the initiative.
THE VISION: Through this collaborative Initiative, the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in the Lower Mississippi Delta region will be improved. Existing barriers and strengths affecting nutritional status will be identified, and intervention strategies will be developed and implemented. Communities will be enabled to sustain and build upon these interventions that will serve as models for similar groups throughout the Nation.
THE PLAN: The Delta Obesity Prevention Research Unit (OPRU) consists of three major phases that you may learn more about above in Research.