Eastern North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of black communities in the state. Bertie, Hertford, Northampton, Edgecome, and Halifax make up the top five highest African-American populations with Washington and Martin County rounding out the top 10.
African-Americans are also nearly twice as likely to have diabetes than their white counterparts - a disease that is closely linked to obesity, which is also prevalent in the black community.
With that in mind, Dr. Damon Swift - a Kinesiologist at East Carolina University - and his team of researchers are preparing to conduct a six month study focusing primarily on African-American patients.
Chris Thomas spoke with Dr. Swift about the study and has this.
Blog regarding the study: