The Global outreach and Community is headed by Dr. Hoffman.
Obesity concerns in NJ and beyond. Dr. Hoffman focuses on both maternal and infant obesity and malnutrition in research in São Paulo, Brazil and in Southampton, UK. Drs. Byrd-Bredbenner and Worobey engage in community researchto help parents reshape their households to keep kids from becoming obese. Dr. Shapses is looking at risk factors for metabolic syndrome in young South Asians in NJ and in India. Dr. Palmer’s research examines food insecurity and physical activity among low-income peoples, and is examining how to increase health through activity and nutrition education, i.e., SNAP-Ed and EFNEP, classroom intervention. Dr. Fitzgerald’s work focuses on preventing the risk factors (e.g., obesity, physical inactivity, and certain food intake patterns), and addressing the underlying cultural, socioeconomic, and environmental factors such as food insecurity, acculturation, and food environment