The Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT) Program is recruiting for one postdoctoral fellowship position that will begin on or after May 1, 2019. Trainee will engage in research that focuses on the biology of obesity, clinical research on human obesity, and applied studies of treatment and prevention in community settings. Deadline for applications is 4pm, Thursday, January 31, 2019. For details and application: http://www.opc.umn.edu/training-program.
Drs. Simone French and Nancy Sherwood, both professors in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, led the NET-Works study, which was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. The goal of the study was to integrate home visiting, community-based parenting classes, primary care provider interactions and neighborhood connection strategies to support low-income, racially and ethnically diverse parents to prevent obesity among their preschool-aged children.
—UMN News 11/8/18.
In 2008, when Minneapolis decided to tackle the scarcity of healthy foods in some Minneapolis neighborhoods, it called on the research of School of Public Health (SPH) professor Melissa Laska. Relying on her work, Minneapolis passed the Staple Foods Ordinance–a groundbreaking piece of legislation that is the first in the country to require licensed grocery stores to display and sell high quality fresh produce and other whole foods. Now the city is partnering with Laska and SPH to measure the legislation’s impact.
Melissa Laska (SPH) has partnered with the city of Minneapolis to tackle the scarcity of healthy foods in some Minneapolis neighborhoods. Together, SPH and Minneapolis forged and passed the Staple Foods Ordinance. This summer Laska and her team completed another round of compliance checks and provided stores with information on technical assistance, education, and resources.
“We found that the problems didn’t go away after adolescence, so it’s not like this is just an adolescence thing,” said Dr. Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, a University of Minnesota Professor and the lead author of the study, called Project EAT.
— KARE11 6/22/18
— Medical Xpress 6/22/18
— American Journal of Preventive Medicine available online 21 June 2018
— Research Brief, UMN News & Events 6/21/18
More than one-third of American adults have obesity, which is often caused by low physical activity and unhealthy eating habits. Poor physical activity and diet are also implicated in the development of serious chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and some forms of cancer. Now, School of Public Health (SPH) research reveals one path to preventing those conditions may be through yoga, which a new study shows is linked to healthy activity levels and eating in young adults. —Read more here: SPH Research News 5/30/18
The diet guru once traveled the globe and helped to establish a whole field, but a small and growing contingency takes different lessons from his tenure.
By Nick Wicker, Minnesota Daily 5/16/18.