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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Reports Database

Project: The Multiple Contexts of Food Insecurity: Evaluating the Impact on Child Energy Balance
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $77,000.00
Institution: University of Utah
Principal Investigator: Lori Kowaleski-Jones
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: Improving our understanding of the effect of food security on child development and well-being is a priority interest area for USDA. This study addresses three specific research questions: to identify the role of local food infrastructure as a determinant of food insecurity, to gauge how a child’s energy balance is influenced by both food insecurity and local school food infrastructure, and to measure how changes in community characteristics and food insecurity affect changes in a child’s body mass index (BMI). Findings from this study should provide insights into the role of community resources in alleviating or aggravating food insecurity. They can also be used to guide school boards on how to use school food resources to moderate the impact of food insecurity on children and aid in the development of school wellness policies.
Topic: Food Security, Obesity
Dataset: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Class (ECLS-K)
Kowaleski-Jones, L. The Multiple Contexts of Food Insecurity: Evaluating the Impact on Child Energy Balance, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 71, December 2011.

Last updated: Thursday, April 21, 2016

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