FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS,
RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT NUTRITION, EXERCISE AND
OBESITY. BUT BECAUSE THERE IS NO SINGLE
SOLUTION, COMBATTING CHILDHOOD AND
ADULT OBESITY REQUIRES MULTIPLE APPROACHES.
WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
NUTRITIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH, ALSO KNOWN AS MUNCH, AND THE
MU PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND WELLNESS PROGRAM OR M-U PAW,
THE UNIVERSITY IS UNITING EXPERTS FROM A VARIETY OF FIELDS TO HELP
TACKLE THIS AGE-OLD PROBLEM. “The landscape of our lives has
changed in terms of keeping us from being physically active throughout the day, in
terms of highly processed foods, refined sugars… so many things have changed in
our life over the past thirty years, there is
no single-cause of the obesity epidemic.” IN THE PAST, M-U OBESITY
RESEARCHERS WERE SCATTERED ACROSS CAMPUS EACH WORKING ON
THEIR OWN SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.
WITH THE NEW STATE OF THE ART RESEARCH AND TEACHING FACILITY,
MU EXPERTS FROM THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE FOOD AND NATURAL
RESOURCES, HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES,
MEDICINE AND EVEN JOURNALISM WILL HAVE A PLACE TO
COLLABORATE ON THIS TOPIC. “One research group can’t tackle a
problem as multifaceted as obesity is…” “Our target is to either treat or
prevent obesity and the associated diseases, primarily type two diabetes and
metabolic syndrome whether it is a nutrition or a physical activity component
combining both of those allows to find those successful dietary strategies that can
reduce the prevalence of obesity.” THIS ADVANCED METABOLIC
KITCHEN ACCURATELY MEASURES MEALS AND CAN ALSO SERVE AS A
TEACHING FACILITY FOR M-U EXTENSION COOKING CLASSES.
JUST DOWN THE HALL, A CLINICAL FACILITY MONITORS THE HEALTH AND
FITNESS OF INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE RESEARCH.
THEREBY COMBINING THE RESOURCES OF MUNCH AND M-U PAW
TO COMBAT THIS HEALTH PROBLEM. “Right now the health care costs
are enormous. Not only for our campus, our state, and our nation. If we can even
turn that around by five or ten percent in terms of healthcare costs that will be huge
savings for the country.” WHILE IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF
ADULTS AND OUR CHILDREN. FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
MISSOURI, I’M KENT FADDIS REPORTING.