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Minnesota Obesity Center

Epidemiology and Intervention Core

Director: Robert W. Jeffery, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Jennifer A. Linde, Ph.D.

Nutrition FactsThe overall goal of the Epidemiology and Intervention Core is to make high quality services for epidemiologic and behavioral intervention studies available to Minnesota Obesity Center investigators.  These services include population selection, population survey, data collection and management, nutrition assessment, energy expenditure assessment, and intervention development for outpatient and community studies. 

The services through the Epidemiology and Intervention Core are organized into four sections:

  1. data collection services, including population selection, survey, data collection and follow-up, data entry, and database management;
  2. nutrition assessment, including consultation on selection and methodologies, instrument design, data collection, and nutrient analysis;
  3. intervention services, including assistance in the development of diet and exercise interventions for outpatient populations in clinic and community settings and environmental interventions; and
  4. health care delivery which is designed to provide linkages between Center investigators and obesity research in a managed care setting, including providing access to consultative expertise in health services research, clinical services, and community-based health promotion interventions, access to administrative data, access to defined populations receiving health care services under managed care contracts, and access to a unique systems-based approach to delivering behavioral interventions.

Obesity Research Group
The Obesity Research Group meets in WBOB Room 364 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM  on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month.

Spring 2014

Jan 28:  The Effect of Exercise on Preventing Postpartum Depression

               Beth Lewis, Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Feb 25:  Process Evaluation in Pediatric Obesity Prevention Interventions

               Meghan Senso, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology

Mar 25:  Experimental Trial to Evaluate Two Approaches to Reshaping the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to Improve Diet Quality

               Lisa Harnack, Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Apr 22:  Effects of Self-weighing and Visual Feedback on Weight Control in Adults

               Carly Pacanowski, MnOPT Postdoctoral Fellow

May 27:  Identifying and Quantifying Population Subgroups using Conditional Regression Trees

               Julian Wolfson, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics

Advancements in Epidemiology and Intervention

Core Facilities

Administrative Core

Disordered Eating Assessment Core

Epidemiology and Intervention Core

Metabolic Studies Core

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Obesity Core

Advancements Made by Core Facilities:

Disordered Eating Assessment Core

Epidemiology and Intervention Core

Metabolic Studies Core

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Obesity Core