MSU researchers tackle childhood obesity

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Holly Brophy-Herb is leading a USDA-funded project to combat childhood obesity. (view larger image)

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers will lead a five-year, $4.7 million effort to tackle childhood obesity, one of the nation’s biggest health challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday.

MSU AgBioResearch scientist Holly Brophy-Herb will lead a multidisciplinary team to address obesity prevention among families with preschoolers. The team includes Mildred Horodynski from the MSU College of Nursing; Jean Kerver from the MSU Department of Epidemiology; Dawn Contreras from MSU Extension; Julie Lumeng and Niko Kaciroti from the University of Michigan; and the Jackson Community Action Agency Head Start.

Specifically, the study will look at healthy family mealtimes among low-income families.

“Healthy family mealtimes represent a key practice in obesity prevention and healthy lifestyles, yet few studies have examined the barriers economically vulnerable families may face in implementing frequent healthy family meals,” Brophy-Herb, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the MSU College of Social Science, said.

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