Michigan State University researchers will lead a five-year, $4.7 million effort to tackle childhood obesity, one of the nation's biggest health challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.
March 27, 2015 - Author: Andy Henion
Michigan State University (MSU) researchers will lead a five-year, $4.7 million effort to tackle childhood obesity, one of the nation’s biggest health challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.
MSU AgBioResearch scientist Holly Brophy-Herb will lead a multidisciplinary team to address obesity prevention among families with preschoolers. The team includes Mildred Horodynski from the MSU College of Nursing; Jean Kerver from the MSU Department of Epidemiology; Dawn Contreras from MSU Extension; Julie Lumeng and Niko Kaciroti from the University of Michigan; and the Jackson Community Action Agency Head Start.
Specifically, the study will look at healthy family mealtimes among low-income families.
"Healthy family mealtimes represent a key practice in obesity prevention and healthy lifestyles, yet few studies have examined the barriers economically vulnerable families may face in implementing frequent healthy family meals,” Brophy-Herb, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the MSU College of Social Science, said.
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