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Learn how to “Get FRUVED” Sept. 26

Dr. Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition, will present “Getting Fruved!  Changing Behavior, Changing the World, and Improving Health” at this week’s UT Science Forum Friday, September 26.

Obesity is a serious problem for teenagers in this country, and it has been on the rise for the past 30 years. If young people begin to make healthier choices now, such as eating more fruits and vegetables and exercising more regularly, it could result in better health throughout their lifespans.

Get FRUVED (Get FRUits and VEgetables) is a USDA-funded 4-H project designed to decrease the proportion of older adolescents who are overweight or obese by developing an effective behavioral intervention with environmental supports. Dr. Colby’s study uses an interactive, peer-led, social marketing environmental intervention to help teens manage their weight through dietary quality, physical activity and stress management skills.

Dr. Colby is an obesity prevention behavioral researcher with a focus on health communication through novel nutrition education strategies including marketing, arts, and technology.

The Science Forum is free and open to the public. Location: Thompson-Boling Arena Dining room C-D. Bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena.