MnOPT Training Program Announcement

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.

Research Brief: Obesity prevention among low-income, diverse preschool-aged children and parents

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.

Finding Good Food Close to Home

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.

Nearly all adolescents have eating, activity or weight-related issues

“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

Yoga Linked to Increased Exercise and Healthier Eating in Young Adults

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