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We focus on how nutritional status at every life stage affects health, within a socioecological context, and autonomous motivation to eat a healthy diet.  Our research examines the nutritional and weight status of women during pregnancy, infant feeding, and their influence on health of the pregnancy, moms after pregnancy, future generations, and intrauterine origins of adult disease. A second focus is the study of the  effects of omega-3, other fatty acids, and the whole diet, on cardiovascular disease, which relates to quality of life. Our work utilizes data ranging from clinical trials to large datasets such as those from the Framingham, MESA, and other studies. 

Program Faculty:

Robert Block, MD, MPH

Ann Dozier, RN,PhD, FAAN

Diana Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD