Friday, September 14

SU Ag Center Nutrition Project Recruits at Tailgating Event

Malekian, right, explains study to Donna Dantzler 

[Baton Rouge, La September 12, 2012] To kick off the home opener of the Southern University football season, Fatemeh Malekian, professor, nutrition; Janana Snowden, research associate; and De’Shoin York, nutrition specialist, Southern University Ag Center passed out disposable meat thermometers to Southern University football fans on the bluff.

“We want to make sure that tailgaters are practicing food safety, and by passing out meat thermometers we hope that they will begin to test the temperature of their food before it is taken of the grill and served,” said Dr. Janana Snowden of the SU Ag Center.

Nutrition education materials were also distributed to tailgaters, giving them important tips on what to do with food before and after tailgates.

Dr. Fatemeh Malekian and Dr. Janana Snowden also recruited participants for the weight loss study that begins soon at the SU Ag Center. The goal of the study is to find new ways to combat childhood obesity. To qualify for the study, participants must be African American, 18-40 years old, and willing to lose weight. Upon completion of the study, participants will be compensated at $300. 

For additional information, or enroll in the weight loss study, please contact Dr. Fatemeh Malekian at or Dr. Janana Snowden at or by calling 225-771-0251.

Story and photo by Kelli E. Palmer, 225-771-5696 or

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Bridget Udoh
(225) 771-5714

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