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2016 Research Week

UC ANR and HSRI present: Food and the Environment

  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
  • 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Chancellor’s Conference Room (KL 232)

Co-sponsored by University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources and the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute.


Come discover how research at UC Merced and UC ANR is helping understand the way the environment influences our food choices and is searching for ways to create better nutrition environments. Lunch will be provided


11:30 am Lunch, Student Poster Session
1:00 pm Welcome and Introduction – Environment and Food Choices
Karina Díaz Rios, PhD Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist, UC Merced
1:30 pm Nutrition Policy: Impact on Children in Multiple Settings
Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD Director, UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC ANR
2:00 pm The Information Environment and Diet: Contributions to Obesity and Opportunities for Communication to Improve Diet
A Susana Ramirez, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor of Public Health Communication, UC Merced
2:30 pm Niños Sanos, Familia Sana (Healthy Children, Healthy Families) - A multi-faceted intervention to prevent childhood obesity in rural California
Albert Aguilera, PhD, MPH Department of Nutrition, UC Davis
3:00 pm Round Tables
3:30 pm  Discussion Panel and Closing Remarks