Community Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Prevention

Given the high prevalence of childhood obesity among low-income and ethnically diverse groups, prevention is critical. The Community Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Research Group at the University of Rhode Island works towards preventing childhood obesity early in life among disadvantaged groups. Our group is dedicated to working across multiple disciplines while utilizing a socio-ecologic framework to intervene within multiple environments where a young child spends time. We are also interested in further understanding the influence of feeding practices of multiple caregivers including parents, center child care providers, and home child care providers on a child’s dietary intake and weight.  In trying to reach our goals, we utilize both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Alison Tovar
Tel: (401) 874-9855
Email: alison_tovar@uri.edu

Or visit our webpage at: tovarresearch.com