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A study conducted at the Duke Global Health Institute shows a weight management program reduced depression in African-American women. A study conducted at the Duke Global Health Institute shows a weight management program reduced depression in African-American women.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A study conducted at the Duke Global Health Institute shows a weight management program reduced depression in African-American women.

The 18-month study was conducted with nearly 200 low income local women between the ages of 25 and 44. The results were published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday.

The program used software built by Duke Researchers that personalized a weight gain prevention intervention called the Shape Program.

The study's lead author, Dr. Dori Steinberg, said they didn't go into the study looking to reduce depression, but it turned out to have multiple benefits.

"We weren't asking them to lose weight, it was very simple," she said. "We asked if they could make a few changes to their exercise and diet habits and then have improvements in depression. There was a 50 percent reduction in the number who reported depression at the end of one year in the Shape Program."

Researchers are looking at ways to provide the Shape Program to community and health centers

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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