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Public Health Nutrition

Practice-Based Nutrition Research: Identify factors related to eating habits to contribute public health nutrition activities.

Many studies have been conducted on the relationship between health and diet, and public health nutrition strategies are being implemented based on this knowledge. The aim of the laboratory is to investigate environmental and psychosocial factors associated with people's eating habits in rural areas, elderly groups, and occupational settings, and to advance nutrition practice.


1. Potential health implications of regional revitalization in rural areas.
The economic and nutritional conditions of rural areas in Japan are deteriorating due to the aging of the population. We have been studying frequency of eating local vegetables and nutrition status in rural Japan.
2. Family meal practices and health status in community-dwelling elderly.
Family meal practices has been suggested to be associated with a healthy diet, but the association with health is unclear. We have been studying the relationship between family meal practices and life functions in elderly people living in the community.
3. Environmental intervention in workplace cafeterias.
Because most adults spend a majority of their time at work, the workplace is a good setting to influence employee behavior. We have been studying effective nutritional intervention methods with less financial and human resources in the occupational field.

Professor

Osamu KushidaPhD, RD, Asst Prof.
TEL.+81-54-264-5832

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Figure.1 Fine chemical production from food residues

A social gathering during field work in a rural area.

Figure.2 An example of fermentation of food residues using engineered microorganisms

Example of a table tent with nutritional information using behavioral science.

References

  1. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 26, 725–730 (2017)
  2. J Nutr Educ Behav. 46, 350–358 (2014)
  3. Jpn J Health Educ Promot. 21, 37–45 (2013)
  4. Jpn J Public Health. 59, 861–870 (2012)
  5. Jpn J Nutr Diet. 69, 294–303 (2011)
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