NIFA invests over $9.5 million to promote food, nutrition and human health

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri, April 9, 2021 – The US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded $5.82 million for 13 grants to improve food and human health; and $3.72 million for seven grants aimed at improving healthy eating habits that help prevent chronic disease. These grants are awarded under the USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

“Health and the role food plays in our overall well-being is one of our nation’s biggest issues,” said NIFA Director Dr Carrie Castille. “Good nutrition is key to solving a range of problems from fighting chronic disease, student achievement, worker productivity and economic development – ​​whether in rural or urban America. This investment in research criticism will have a widespread impact on the future health of the population.

Under the Food and Human Health grant projects, scientists will examine the effects of vitamins, minerals, and other bioactive components found in whole foods on the gut microbiome to assess safety, quality, and nutritional value. of these foods. The NIFA Awards for Research in Diet, Nutrition, and Chronic Disease Prevention support projects that enable better food and nutrition choices.

Examples of projects from the 13 Food and Human Health Awards: San Diego State University’s project, “An Investigation of the Impacts of Fruit on the Gut Microbiota and its Metabolites: Connections to Human Health,” will identify and develop safe and effective nutritional intervention strategies that can help improve vascular and cardio function, cognition, and motor control. The University of Missouri project, “Effects of Maternal Soybean Diet and Early Life Gut Microbial Development of Long-term Health Consequences of the Progenies,” will research novel strategies for preventing soybean in children that may lead to improved health later in life.

Examples of projects from the seven food, nutrition and chronic disease prevention awards: California State University project, “Eat, Play, Go! Health Families in Long Beach” will explore ways to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Latino youth ages 10-13 by implementing an innovative program aimed at improving healthy eating habits and lifestyles. Cornell University’s project, “The Advanced Cooking Education (ACE) Urban 4-H After-School Club: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial” will focus on improving chronic disease risk factors in 8th graders culturally diverse New York City Title I colleges.

NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education and extension across the country to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. NIFA supports initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture and applies an integrated approach to ensure that breakthrough discoveries in agriculture-related science and technology reach the people who can put them into practice. In fiscal year 2020, NIFA’s total investment was $1.95 billion.

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