Katherine Alaimo

Katherine Alaimo

Telephone: 517-353-3412
Fax: 517-353-8963

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Associate Professor, Food Science & Human Nutrition

G. M. Trout FSHN Building
469 Wilson Rd, Rm 208C
East Lansing, MI 48824


PhD, Cornell University, 2000; MS, Cornell University, 1997

Professional Positions:

2002-2003 - Assistant Research Scientist, Dept. of  Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

2002-2003 - Associate Evaluation Director, Prevention Research Center of Michigan, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

2000-2002 - Community Health Scholar, W. K. Kellogg Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

1991-1999 - Nutritionist, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, Hyattsville, MD

Research Interests:

Community food security; urban agriculture; policy and environmental supports for promoting healthy eating and physical activity; school nutrition; and community-based participatory research.

Instructional Activities:

HNF 150 – Introduction to Human Nutrition

HNF 824 – Nutrition Policies & Programs

Outreach Focus:

Community Nutrition

Recent Publications:

Alaimo K, Beavers AW, Crawford C, Snyder EH, Litt JS. Amplifying Health Through Community Gardens: A Framework for Advancing Multicomponent, Behaviorally Based Neighborhood Interventions. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2016 Sep;3(3):302-12. doi: 10.1007/s40572-016-0105-0.

Alaimo K, Oleksyk S, Golzynski D, et al. The Michigan Healthy School Action Tools generate improvements in school nutrition policies and practices, and student dietary intake.  Health Promotion Practice,2015,16(3):401-410.

Alaimo K, Pfeiffer K, Eisenmann J, et al. Project FIT: A school, community and social marketing intervention improves healthy eating among low-income elementary school children. Journal of Community Health, 2015.40(4):815-826.

Lucarelli JF*, Alaimo K, et al.  Little Association Between Wellness Policies and School-Reported Nutrition Practices Health Promotion Practice, 2015.16(2):193-201.

Lucarelli JF*, Alaimo K, et al. Facilitators to promoting health in schools – is school health climate the key? Journal of School Health. 2014; 84 (2), 133-140.

Eisenmann JC, Alaimo K, Pfeiffer K, et al.  Project FIT: Rationale, design and baseline characteristics of a school- and community-based intervention to address physical activity and healthy eating among low-income elementary school children. BMC Public Health 2011:11(1):607.

Alaimo K, Reischl T, Allen JO.  Community gardening, neighborhood meetings and social capital. Journal of Community Psychology 2010;38(4): 497-514.

Izumi B, Alaimo K, Hamm M.  Farm to School Programs: Perspectives of School Food Service Professionals.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2010; 42(2):83-91.

Allen JO, Alaimo K, Elam D, Perry E.  Growing Vegetables and Values: Benefits of Neighborhood-Based Community Gardens for Youth Development and Nutrition.  Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 2008;3(4):418-439. 

Alaimo, K. “Child hunger in the U.S.: An overview”.  In: Child Poverty in America Today: 2. Health and Medical Care.  Praeger/GreenwoodPublishing Group. 2007.

Alaimo K, Bassett E, Wilkerson R, Smiley M, Warbach J, Hines A, Guzmán L, Krup C, Mosack J*, and Petersmarck K. Design Guidelines For Active Michigan Communities: Imagining, Creating, and Improving Communities for Physical Activity, Active Living, and Recreation. Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Community Health. 98 pages. May 2006. 

Alaimo K and Hassler D, eds.  From Seeds to Stories:  The Community Garden Storytelling Project of Flint.  Flint Urban Gardening and Land Use Corporation and Prevention Research Center of Michigan.  83 pages. April 2003.

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