Welcome to the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute! Our mission is to increase and sustain the University's impact in the interdisciplinary arena of food, agriculture, and health by building the University's capacity in research, learning, and community engagement.
This website is your portal for learning about what’s going on at the Institute, gathering health and wellness resources, and becoming a part of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives community.
Governor Dayton and the Minneapolis City Council both recognized Thursday, October 24, 2013 as Food Day in the state of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis. Read the Governor's state proclamation here. Read the Minneapolis City Council resolution here.
View photos from the U of M Food Day 2013 celebration here:
U Students Like Good Food
Office for Student Affairs
TCF Bank Sponsorship Assistance Fund
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
University of Minnesota Extension, Cooking Matters, Simply Good Eating
Small Planet Foods
Animal Rights Coalition
Gardens for Humanity
Compassionate Action for Animals
Grain Up Minnesota
U Students Like Good Food
Down in the Valley Bakehouse
Do It Green Minnesota
Open Arms MN
MN Nice Spice
Bergin Fruit and Nut Co
Cornercopia & MN institute for sustainable agriculture
Dice n spice
Second Harvest Heartland
Bee Free Honee
Sustainability Services- It all adds up
IonE sustainability Department
Minneapolis Public Schools
Blue Diamond Nuts
Angie's Kettle Corn
HFHL is pleased to announce that over $200,000 was awarded in the spring grant cycle to nine projects within three of our grant programs: University (faculty) Research (2), Graduate and Professional Student Research (4) and the first-time Planning Grant Program (3). While each grant program has its own focus, the overarching goals of all of our grant programs are to fund high-impact research that utilizes and helps to build the strengths of the University in the area of food and health, that advances scientific and public knowledge and that influences public policy.
The University Research Grant award winners include a research team that is developing a tool to calculate and measure the variety and nutritional quality of food purchased by local food banks. Another faculty research team is exploring how playful design can be used to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Graduate student grant recipients will be exploring research topics such as: Whether or not there is variation in the health and dietary behaviors of international students adapting to US culture and what role acculturation plays in spreading obesity among this student population; another student project may have important implications for agricultural programs in developing countries that seek to promote economic development through cash crop production programs that in turn adversely affect household health and nutrition.
The Planning Grant program is being piloted this year and it supports the development of authentic and sustainable community-academic partnerships related to food, health and nutrition. Project members from the three Planning Grant teams that were awarded are expected to utilize community-based participatory action research and other community-engagement strategies to address community-identified problems as well as prepare and submit a grant proposal this fall to our Community-University Partnership Grant Program. The focus of the planning grant projects include:
Full descriptions of awarded grants can be found here.
HFHL is very excited about the work that was funded this past grant cycle and we wish researchers much success.
Photo: Participants in one of the projects awarded in 2012 - the Harvesting Healthier Food Project: A program of safe food handling practices for immigrant farmers. Farmers are attending a hand-washing station building session.
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/31/2013) —Childhood obesity prevention, food safety practices for immigrant farmers and a study of how cruciferous vegetables affect tumors in mice are among the topics funded through a new series of eight grants from the University of Minnesota’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute.
One set of grants involves partnerships between university researchers and community groups; the other group involves researchers from across the university. All of the roughly $50,000 grants are aimed at funding start-up projects that will have a significant impact on food, health and agriculture. Read more here...
View a PDF of the 2012 awarded grants and learn about our current RFPs here.
HFHL Director Mindy Kurzer co-authors analysis
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/09/12) — Menopausal women can find relief from hot flashes by taking soy isoflavone supplements, a new study from the University of Minnesota and other research institutions has found. Past studies have yielded similar results but individual studies were considered inconclusive. For the new analysis, researchers evaluated 19 past trials from 10 countries to reach broader conclusions. The statistical analysis of the findings involved trials that included 1,196 women for hot flash frequency and 988 women for hot flash severity. The results are published in Menopause, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
Read UMNews article here.
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Join the Minnesota Food Charter efforts and help spell out Minnesota’s principles and priorities about food to shape food-related policies and practices. Contribute your thoughts and talk with others on how best to create healthy, affordable food access for all!
Visit MN Food Charter MindMixer and start sharing your valuable insights today!
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Dr. Shaun Kennedy, Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine and HFHL Advisory Board Member, discusses on Dr. Oz the shocking truth about intentionally mislabled foods sold in supermarkets. (Aired Feb. 2013) View video.
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments - both efforts would would help in the fight against heart disease (via Andrew Pollack, New York Times).
HFHL is featured in this month's edition of Engaging U spotlight. In the interview, Program Coordinator Jawad Towns provides highlights of the Institute's engagement work in the surrounding communities. Click here to read the profile.
Unable to attend this year's Healthy Foods Summit? No worries. View Day 1 and Day 2 videos and presentations here.
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