The USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps tens of millions of Americans afford food each month, and participation has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report identifies evidence-based opportunities that have the greatest potential to improve SNAP participants’ nutrition and overall health. Learn more: https://bit.ly/SNAP-Impact
With the rapid growth in online grocery shopping, researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (study lead and HWRC co-director, Lisa Harnack) sought to identify design features online grocery stores should consider to support the increasing number of Americans striving to eat healthy for weight loss. Their findings were recently published in the journal Public Health Nutrition.
—Read more: UMN News and Events 7/13/21, Grocery Dive Brief 7/26/21
Emilyn Alejadro, assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology and HWRC Affiliate Faculty, is one of eight faculty named as a new McKnight Presidential Fellow. The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program gives three-year awards to exceptional faculty who have been newly granted tenure and promotion to associate professor. The program recognizes their excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities.
A new NIH/NHLBI clinical trial entitled “Reducing Childhood Obesity Using Ecological Momentary Intervention (EMI) and Video Feedback at Family Meals,” was awarded to Jerica Berge, professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health and HWRC Affiliated Faculty. The main objective of the proposed study is to utilize state-of-the-art intervention methods including ecological momentary intervention (EMI, i.e., mHealth), video feedback, and home visiting methods in partnership with community health workers (CHWs) to examine whether increasing the quality and quantity of family meals reduces childhood obesity disparities
—FMCH News & Events 5/3/2021
—The Minnesota Daily 6/21/2021
Many people have turned to comfort eating due to the loneliness imposed by numerous lockdowns and worries of contracting coronavirus and even grieving its victims.
However, experts noted recently attributed six poor eating habits to the coronavirus pandemic. . . .
—Read more at the Science Times 4/14/21
Jayne Fulkerson (HWRC affiliated faculty) is one of eleven faculty at the School of Nursing elected as Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing, the most ever in the School of Nursing’s history. The prestigious honor acknowledges their outstanding achievements and recognizes them as leaders in the profession.
—School of Nursing News & Events 3/19/2021
. . . School of Public Health Assistant Professor Katherine Arlinghaus and Professor Melissa Laska (HWRC Affiliate Faculty and Co-director respectively) recently outlined the need for more food insecurity research that looks specifically at how it’s intertwined with parent feeding practices in a paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
—Read more at SPH News 2/26/21.