Childhood Obesity

In Conversation with #WomeninAg: Helen Chipman, PhD, RDN

In celebration of Women’s History Month, USDA is featuring Dr. Helen Chipman of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Dr. Chipman serves as Acting Division Director for Nutrition and Food Safety, and National Program Leader, Food and Nutrition Education.

NIFA Programs Helping to Combat America’s Growing Diabetes Crisis

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, yet many are not aware that they have the deadly disease—or that it may be stalking them.

National Ag Day: Giving Thanks for Agriculture, from Farm to Fork

Today is National Ag Day, a day to recognize the role of American agriculture in our daily lives and the efforts of those who shape the American food system. The average American farmer feeds approximately 144 people worldwide, and with agriculture being our number one export, agriculture is critically important to sustaining the U.S. economy.

NIFA, Agricultural Research Tackle Society’s "Wicked" Problems

Our charge in the food and agricultural sciences is to move from evolutionary discoveries, which contribute to marginal changes over long periods of time, to revolutionary thinking to deal with ‘wicked’ problems by deploying transdisciplinary approaches that solve complex societal challenges. Similar to how the Internet-driven disruptive technologies have transformed America and the rest of the world, advances in data science, information science, biotechnology and nanotechnology can transform agriculture and our capacity to address societal challenges.

NIFA Helps Chart National Course for Healthy Nutrition

Since the economic downturn of 2008, sufficient access to healthy foods has been a serious problem for many Americans. As a result, more than 17 million households confront hunger throughout the year while more than 12 million children are obese.

Bridging Nutrition and Tradition: Abriendo Caminos

When preparing your meal, what’s the first thought that comes to mind?

NIFA-Funded Obesity Prevention Project Sparks Community-wide Health Changes

What started as a project to test the effectiveness of childhood obesity prevention methods has turned into a community-wide effort and a new culture of health for families in Firebaugh, California.

iCook Makes Healthy Living Fun for Kids

Researchers from the University of Maine have developed the 4-H iCook project to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in the home.

EFNEP: Delivering nutrition education to limited-resource families

The 2015 EFNEP Conference brought together representatives from land-grant universities throughout the U.S. to receive training that they can take back to use in university programs.