Fort Peck Community College and American Indian Higher Education Consortium Project We recently offered our online macroepigenetics nutrition intervention course as part of a clinical trial in collaboration with the Fort Peck Community College (FPCC). The course was used twice as an IRB approved nutrition intervention tool. Students taking our online course through FPCC received 3 units of nutrition science credit while significantly improving their diets.
Modification of the course for the purposes of serving the American Indian population was funded by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium with grant monies awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) eco-Ambassador program. To find out more about the success of our project in year 1, please follow this link and see pages 14-17 of the 2011-2012 EPA eco-Ambassador reporthttp://www.epa.gov/tp/pdf/2011-2012tribal-ecoambassadors-report.pdf
Participation in the online epigenetics nutrition intervention course resulted in significant reductions in risk factors for Type-2 diabetes during Year 2. Students who participated in the online course significantly reduced their intake of processed foods and had significantly lower fasting glucose and inorganic mercury levels compared to the students in the group who were only asked to reduce their intake of corn sweeteners. Resuts of the clinical trial are presented in a manuscript that was published by the Integrative Molecular Medcine journal in 2015. The manuscript may be downloaded below.
To see a utube presentation of some of our findings of the most recent clinical trial at Fort Peck during year 2 of the study (2013), visit the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and see our work featured at the Living Earth Festival with that of the other EPA Eco-ambassadors. To access the program either click on the link provided or click on the arrow in the utube video belowhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9CLOpzKxio