2017 Rutgers NJAES Annual Report

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Food, Nutrition, and Health

Working for a healthier tomorrow

The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) and the NJAES Department of Family and Community Health Sciences are working for a healthier tomorrow through programs that put evidence-based knowledge to work in people’s lives. The Culture of Health Academy in the IFNH Center for Childhood Nutrition, Education, and Research (CCNER) is partnering with the Douglass Psychology Child Study Center to offer children, ages 3 through 5, the opportunity to learn about nutrition, cooking, and active play. Healthy growth is being studied and an increased awareness of the ties between agriculture, diet, and cooking is being promoted using Rutgers‘ own greenhouses and in-house chefs. CCNER is also developing new, innovative curricula that integrate research and education. This research is combined with extension activities to ensure that children across the state benefit from the knowledge gained about healthy diets and activity, and furthers a culture of health in New Jersey.

Peter Gillies

Founding Director, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health

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Child health research is a strategic investment in our future. It is imperative that we develop evidence-based programs and policies that create a culture of health in our society. At the institute, our research focuses on children and their families, and examines ways to improve nutritional literacy, culinary skills, and the development of long-term healthy lifestyles.

As part of the Healthy Dining Team, alumna Cortney Flynn SEBS’16 teaches children about nutrition and food identification.

Children play on the educational playground at IFNH’s Childhood Nutrition Education and Research Laboratory.