Children's Healthy Living Program

Washing fish before drying them.
Photo by Gunnar Ebbesson

CANHR researchers along with UAF's Cooperative Extension and the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences are developing childhood obesity-prevention strategies in the Pacific region. The long-term goal of the grant is to reduce childhood obesity by encouraging active lifestyles and improving dietary practices of families with young children.

Researchers will partner with communities to inventory resources, identify barriers to healthy lifestyles, and design and evaluate culturally appropriate programs. The project will increase the university’s capacity to provide childhood obesity education, research and outreach to the state.

The grant also will help support academic training in natural resource management, and foods and nutrition by building on existing UAF degree programs.

Rachel Novotny, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Andrea Bersamin, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, UAF Subaward
Bret Luick, Ph.D., Co-Investigator, Cooperative Extension Service, UAF Subaward
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Award Number 2011-68001-30335

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