Our department faculty, staff, and students create new ways of engaging individuals, families, and communities in adopting healthful eating habits to enhance health and prevent chronic diseases. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity are on the rise in Utah, across the nation, and abroad. Community-based education on lifestyle changes—including weight loss, healthy diet, and exercise—has proven remarkably effective in preventing or significantly delaying onset of these diseases for people who have access.
We provide targeted nutrition programming in schools and to community groups, with special focus on populations that are at highest risk of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. We work to change public policies and improve community environments so that healthful foods are accessible and affordable for all. What’s more, we advance research in community, school, and policy interventions by designing and implementing novel ways of interacting with families, schools, and community members. We accomplish these interventions by using technology, innovative curricula, and incorporating cultural sensitivity and awareness.
The University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition (UUCCN) is an interdisciplinary team dedicated to the role of nutrition in healthy living and disease prevention.
We aim to:
- Partner with community members to expand experiential nutrition and movement education.
- Celebrate diverse food cultures.
- Collaborate with state and local agencies to advocate for changes in food access and nutrition policies.
- Prepare future health professionals to improve nutrition outcomes in underserved communities.