USDA offers $7 million in funding to prevent childhood obesity

May 24, 2016

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that six universities have been awarded nearly $4 million in funding by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to help fight obesity and improve the health of our nation's children. In addition, Vilsack announced that the USDA is accepting applications for up to $7 million for additional projects. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

This round of funding is offered through the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area, which supports research to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents aged 2–19. Since 2011, NIFA has awarded more than $165.6 million to the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area.

Fiscal year 2015 awards include:

  • University of Kentucky: $746,827
  • University of New England: $797,995
  • University of Maryland: $943,287
  • University of Minnesota: $998,484
  • University of Montana: $150,000
  • University of Puerto Rico: $150,000

Applicants for fiscal year 2016 childhood obesity prevention grant proposals should focus on behavioral and environmental approaches to obesity prevention in children.

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