Friday, October 17, 2014

USDA funds CSU regional nutrition and obesity center of excellence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $4 million in grants to establish four regional centers of excellence for research on nutrition education and obesity prevention, as well as a coordinating center, which will develop and test innovative nutrition education and obesity prevention interventions for underserved, low-income families.

Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE) will establish centers at Colorado State University, Cornell University, Purdue University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and one national coordinating center at the University of Kentucky.Each regional center will administer at least one signature research project that will be tailored to address a specific need in that region. 

The $4 million in funding supports USDA's strategic goal of developing and extending a research-based approach to obesity prevention, ultimately producing measurable improvements in health, obesity, nutrition and physical activity-related outcomes.
Fiscal year 2014 awards include:
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $856,250
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $856,250
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky., 175,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $856,250
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C., $856,250

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