College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Prof. Lown to Work in Collaboration on Food Disparities

Date: December 21, 2012

Assistant Professor Deborah Lown of the Biomedical Sciences Department at GVSU will be part of the team of researchers conducting National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded research entitled " Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing the Food Security of Underserved Populations in Michigan." characteristics and the distribution of food outlets for Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor.  

"In addition to these activities, I am the only site collecting 24-hour recalls and physical activity as measured by 7-days wearing an actigraph," Lown said.

The total award to the project is almost $1M.

The research team explains that food security has emerged as a major global and national problem. Nationwide more than 50 million Americans live in food insecure households. Consequently, activists and civic leaders are spearheading a variety of strategies to reduce food insecurity. "We will undertake research, education, and extension activities aimed at understanding disparities in food access in Michigan and effective interventions to enhance food security," they said.

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