Welcome to the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives 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.
HFHL is pleased to announce the release of our spring funding opportunities:
For the first time, the Institute is issuing a request for letters of interest (RFLI) for our Planning Grant Program which is designed to fund the development of authentic community-university partnerships or interdisciplinary University faculty research teams related to food, nutrition and health.
The University Research Grant Program request for proposals (RFP) seeks to fund new, interdisciplinary faculty research teams that include members from at least three distinct disciplines and that produce research that has a high potential for growth and for becoming self-supporting over time. The priority areas for focus are food protection (safety), prevention of obesity and diet-related disease, and food policy. Within these priority areas, of special importance is the integration of agriculture and health sciences.
The goal of the Graduate and Professional Student Research Grant Program is to support student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning and engagement in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health.
For more information and to download the RFLI and RFPs, please visit our Grant Programs page.
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.
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HFHL is pleased to serve as a promotional partner as Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park hosts Michael Pollan. More details here.
The Minnesota Food Charter is a document developed through a broad-based public process that expresses a clear and compelling vision for how all residents can obtain healthy, affordable, and safe food. Click here to learn more about the Minnesota Food Charter and how you can give voice to the process.
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.
Fill out this brief form describing your research interests in Food Policy, Food Safety or Obesity/Chronic Diseases.