Community-Based Research in Health and Diet

Kids sample testingThe Foods for Health Institute is part of a research team recently awarded $4.8 million in funds from USDA’s Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The project, Niños Sanos, Familia Sana (Healthy Children, Healthy Family), is led by UC Davis Chicano Studies Professor, Adela de la Torre, Ph.D. This diet and lifestyle intervention targets Mexican-origin children and their families living in California’s central valley where obesity is highly prevalent. FFHI researchers are collaborating on a component to improve physical education and activity in these communities, by enabling children to measure themselves using activity monitors donated by Polar ™, and also learn about their own activity achievements.