Department of Nutrition News

Teenage Obesity, Solutions Addressed at This Week’s Science Forum

Sarah Colby

Obesity touches the lives of more than one-third of American children and teenagers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This week’s Science Forum at UT will look at the obesity epidemic among adolescents and one program that’s trying to help. Sarah Colby, assistant professor of nutrition at UT, will speak at noon on Friday, September 26, in Room C-D of Thompson-Boling Arena.

UT Receives $4.9 Million USDA Grant for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs

Sarah Colby

A UT 4-H Extension initiative aimed at empowering college students to create obesity prevention programs for their peers and high school students has received a $4.9 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture. “Get Fruved” is the brain child of Sarah Colby, an assistant professor of nutrition. It is a 4-H social marketing and environmental change initiative that harnesses the power of peer-to-peer interaction in an effort to get children, adolescents, and college students to eat more fruits and vegetables and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Making an Impact: CEHHS Spotlights Raynor, Skinner


Hollie Raynor and Chris Skinner from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences are working side by side with students to do research that is improving health and education in our community and beyond.

UT Student Campaign to Encourage Healthier Eating on Campus

Get Fruved! Eat more fruits and veggies, that is. UT Knoxville students today are launching a healthy foods campaign that will run through November 19. The goal of Fruved is to challenge fellow students to set daily and practical health goals: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Trade a soft drink for water. Eat one extra serving of fruits and vegetables a day.

Take 5 for Education: UT Expert’s Advice about Packing Healthy School Lunches

Now that MyPlate has replaced the food pyramid, parents may need a refresher course on what to pack their kids for a healthy, wholesome lunch. Marsha Spence, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and assistant director of the public health nutrition program at UT Knoxville, said that both school lunches and packed lunches can be healthy options.