The Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT) Program is recruiting for 1 postdoctoral fellowship position that will begin on or after May 1, 2022. Trainee will engage in research that focuses on the biology of obesity, clinical research on human obesity, and/or applied studies of treatment and prevention in community settings. Central to the MnOPT mission is having a strong mentoring environment for trainees organized around two training tracks: 1) epidemiology/ behavioral research and 2) basic sciences/ clinical studies.
“VR (virtual reality) exercise has the potential to improve cardiovascular fitness, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility, depending on the type of exercise played,” Dr Zan Gao ((HWRC Affiliate Faculty) , who co-authored one of those studies into the effectiveness of VR exercise, tells Body+Soul. —Body+Soul 11/17/2021
Center will address heart disease in Minnesota’s communities of color. “We are looking at cardiovascular disease, hypertension and obesity as chronic diseases that disproportionately affect BIPOC communities,” said Dr. Michele Allen, an associate professor at the U Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. “We are trying to understand as one of those key drivers is racism at multiple levels and how it plays out in the development of chronic diseases and outcomes.” —Star Tribune 10/19/2021
. . . Adolescents in the US” by Mary Story and Simone French (HWRC affiliated faculty), persuasive food advertising and marketing is a “potent force” behind the food choices we make. —Daily Maverick 10/7/2021
Michael Oakes, PhD (HWRC Affiliate Faculty) was named interim vice president for research in June, following previous VP Chris Cramer’s departure earlier this year. In the position, he oversees the institution’s $1+ billion research enterprise across all campuses and facilities. He also directly manages units responsible for sponsored projects, research and regulatory compliance, and technology commercialization, as well as 10 interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes. —Faculty & Staff SPHere: 09/07/21
“Wearable fitness trackers represent a practical option for people who are overweight or obese and who have weight-related conditions. They allow users to set and track physical activity and provide constant reminders to get up and move—which promotes self-monitoring and self-regulation,” says corresponding author Dr. Zan Gao (HWRC Affiliate Faculty) in a statement per South West News Service. —StudyFinds 8/9/2021
data set includes, for each US census tract (defined using 2010 census
tract boundaries), certain social determinants of health data elements,
including race/ethnicity, education,
poverty, urban/rural, socioeconomic status, and racial residential
segregation indices defined using 2008-2012 American Community Survey
data and 2010 definitions of rural urban commuting areas.
The Social Determinants of Health data set is publicly available, pending an application and data use agreement.
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