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TWU Faculty To Develop Program To Combat Childhood Obesity
DENTON — Four
Texas Woman’s University faculty will receive a $128,062 grant
to develop nutrition education materials to reduce childhood obesity,
with an emphasis on Hispanic children.
Dr. Junehee Kwon, assistant
professor of nutrition and food science, Dr. Carolyn Bednar, professor
of nutrition and food science, Dr. Nancy DiMarco, professor of nutrition
and food science, and Dr. Charlotte Sanborn, professor of kinesiology,
will receive Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Minority
Research and Education Grant Program funding to develop a program
designed to increase the fruit and vegetable consumption of Hispanic
as well as non-Hispanic children in grades K-2.
In Texas, Hispanic children
have a higher rate of obesity than Caucasian or African American
children. Obese children are at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes
and other chronic diseases because of their weight.
Research shows that increasing
fruit and vegetable consumption in children is a more effective
weight control tool than lowering the fat content of foods. The
TWU faculty members also will develop and provide nutrition education
materials for the children in the project group, their teachers,
parents and school foodservice staff, and make recommendations that
can be implemented across the state for effective nutrition education
for Hispanic children.
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