The Chickasaw Healthy Eating Environments Research Study (CHEERS)


The Chickasaw Healthy Eating Environments Research Study (CHEERS) is a five-year project that began in 2016 in partnership with Chickasaw Nation. This project aims to improve blood pressure control and body mass index among Native American adults with uncontrolled hypertension.


The intervention consists of home-delivery food boxes containing canned vegetables, canned fruits, nuts, beans/lentils and lean proteins, vouchers for fresh produce, healthy and culturally relevant recipes and educational materials. All participants also received a free membership to the Tribal Wellness Center, Fitbits and access to the “AYA” mobile walking application.

Funding Information

Sponsor: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Grant Number: U54MD011240
Principal Investigator: Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH

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