Start Date: Sep 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2015
Partnering with the UND-SMHS will enhance the research mission of the USDA-ARS GFHNRC in the areas of clinical research in human nutrition, metabolism, and physiology. The UND-SMHS will bring necessary expertise in medicine and human health surveillance. Health oversight by UND-SMHS licensed physicians will be a valuable contribution provided for conducting human nutrition research. The combined effort will produce synergy resulting in a unique capability for conducting human clinical trials addressing the prevention of obesity. Those trials will address the following areas: 1. Sustainability of diet/physical activity practices consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 2. Roles of diet and physical activity in mitigating obesity-related diseases, diabetes, cancer and bone loss. These clinical trials will be among the first designed to test the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a healthy population. This research will support further enhancement of the dietary guidelines as well as related national policies concerning food, nutrition and health.