Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Translating the Mediterranean Diet for the Southeastern US

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Session Abstract

The Mediterranean Diet has been shown to have a positive impact on CVD prevention and is now being widely implemented. CVD rates are extremely high in the "stroke belt" in the southeastern US but dietary patterns are quite different from the traditional Mediterranean diet. We have adapted and tested the "Med-South" diet for the southeastern US as part of the NHLBI-funded Hearth Healthy Lenoir project and will discuss this adaptation as well as study outcomes. Many of the dietary practices recommended by the Mediterranean diet represent a significant change (higher fat quality) from what nutritionists have been teaching (low fat) over the last 10-15 years. The Heart Healthy Lenoir intervention materials use a unique assessment and scoring system that can be adapted for use with other populations and cultures and facilitate use of the intervention by nutritionists with a variety of different levels of training.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, individuals will be able to:

  1. Understand how to apply the Mediterranean diet to the southeastern US
  2. Understand how clinical and community stakeholders can coordinate efforts to reduce CVD risk in a high risk, low income population
  3. Understand how the Hearth Healthy Lenoir assessment tools and scoring system can be applied to other populations and cultures.

Presented By

Alice Ammerman, DrPH
Dr. Ammerman is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC-Chapel Hill, and Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (a CDC Prevention Research Center or PRC). Her research focuses on the design, testing, implementation, and dissemination of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations. Dr. Ammerman has strong research and practice collaborations across the state and with PRC research networks across the country. She is also Co-PI of the Center for Training and Research Translation, charged with identification, translation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for obesity and cardiovascular disease control and prevention. Current research interests focus on behavioral economics, school nutrition, the interface between healthy food access and sustainable local food systems, and social entrepreneurship as an approach to addressing public health concerns.
Thomas Keyserling, MD, MPH
Dr. Keyserling received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1976. He is a graduate of Emory Medical School, completed his residency training in medicine at the University of Rochester, completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at UNC, and received a Masters of Public Health degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987. Since completing his fellowship training in 1988, he has been on the faculty at UNC. His research interests include developing and evaluating behavioral interventions to reduce the risk for developing and/or improve the management of common chronic disease including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.