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Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education.  Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse.

 


Nutrition, Fitness and Childhood Obesity

The goal of this program is to promote healthy lifestyles, preventive health and wellness. It seeks to increase awareness among racial and ethnic minority groups in Alabama about the risk factors of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and cancer. Sub-areas include expanded summer health and fitness academies, New Leaf Healthy Choices for Living, prevention and control of zoonotic diseases and parasites affecting humans, and reducing health disparities in Alabama.

  • Health Disparity: Reducing Cancer in Alabama's Black Belt

The program focus relates to the need for awareness, preventative knowledge, early diagnosis, better treatment and ultimately a cure for cancer. The program is built from the health disparity project funded at Tuskegee University by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that was completed in 2006. It employs findings from ongoing national research in human cancers such as breast, prostate and colorectal cancers that are more common among blacks than Caucasians. It also rests on the findings that these named cancers are preventable if only people know what to do in terms of going for early screening and diagnosis

Goals and Objectives:

The goal is to promote long living and prevent pain, suffering and death from cancer through the educational program and to help clienteles develop self examination skills. The objectives are to:

  1. Provide easy-to-read cancer detection guide
  2. Provide  public colorectal cancer screening workshops
  3. Teach and demonstrate how to perform self- examination for early breast cancer detection
  4. Teach males about annual physical exams that include the Prostate-Specific Antigen or PSA test
  5. Discuss options in cancer treatments (chemotherapy and surgery)
  6. Provide contact information of where further help can be obtained
  7. Educate cancer survivors on nutrition, avoidance of tobacco and unhealthy snacks

Contact person:
Lekan Ayanwale MPH, Ph.D
Cooperative Extension health specialist
206 Morris-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-724-4780
Email: Ayanwal@tuskegee.edu

  • Prevention and Control of Economic and Zoonotic Diseases

This program provides educational resources to the public, especially urban and rural residents of the 12 Black Belt counties of Alabama on animal diseases that humans can contract. This is because, of the 1,461 diseases now recognized in humans, about 60 percent are caused by pathogens from animals. The program focuses on the need for people to be aware that certain diseases can be contracted from their pets (dogs, cats, lizards, turtles and hamsters) and farm animals (cattle, horses, sheep and goats.) They are collectively called zoonoses or zoonotic diseases. The program teaches about their types and how to prevent them. It employs findings from ongoing national research in "emerging and re-emerging diseases" of animals that are transmissible to human beings.

Goals and Objectives:

The goal is to promote responsible pet ownership, educate people on the danger of exposure to insects that can transmit diseases. The program also seeks to prevent pain, suffering and death from some fatal zoonoses already reported in Alabama or in the country e.g. Western and Eastern equine encephalitis, rabies, anthrax and mad cow disease. The key objectives include the following:

  1. Provide easy-to-read list of some of such diseases
  2. Teach the need to visit veterinarians periodically for shots
  3. Discuss options for the types of pets suitable for children

Contact:
Lekan Ayanwale MPH, Ph.D
Cooperative Extension health specialist
206 Morris-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-724-4780
Email: Ayanwal@tuskegee.edu

  • New Leaf Healthy Choices for Living

The program focus relates to the need for awareness, prevention knowledge, early diagnosis, better treatment and prevention of obesity. It also builds on past outreach work by the TUCEP in collaboration with the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health of Tuskegee University and awareness that the blacks do not go for early screenings for factors leading to obesity. It also rests on the findings that obesity leads to other chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke as well as death.

Goals and Objectives:

The primary goal is to promote longevity and prevent pain, suffering and death from obesity through the educational program. Specific program activities and objectives include:

  1. Provide easy-to-read guide on causes of obesity
  2. Teach and demonstrate how to measure body-mass index
  3. Teach males on regular exercise and lifestyle choices
  4. Discuss options in morbid obesity treatments (e.g. bariatric surgery or abdominal tucking)
  5. Provide addresses of where help can be obtained
  6. Educate clientele on nutrition, avoidance of tobacco and unhealthy snacks


Contact:
Lekan Ayanwale MPH, Ph.D
Cooperative Extension health specialist
206 Morris-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-724-4780
Email: Ayanwal@tuskegee.edu

  • Expanded Summer Health and Fitness Academy

The program participants will learn through practice, discussion, role playing, planning and execution of the designed safe programs. "Health literacy" on  the values of "walking for life," aerobic exercise, physical activities such as swimming and mental re-orientation on food consumption are critical to the goal of weight reduction and consequently lower risks of obesity, cancer, heart problems and stroke. It will also monitor weight gains and losses through body-mass index measurements.

Goals and Objectives:

The educational program will help to teach and promote healthy lifestyles through the development of self-discipline in eating and exercise. The key objectives are to:

  1. Provide easy-to-read materials on healthy lifestyles
  2. Teach and demonstrate how to measure body-mass Index
  3. Educate participants on maintaining healthy weights through regular exercise and healthy diets
  4. Educate clientele on nutrition, avoidance of tobacco and unhealthy snacks

Contact:
Lekan Ayanwale MPH, Ph.D
Cooperative Extension health specialist
206 Morris-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-724-4780
Email: Ayanwal@tuskegee.edu