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The Project EAT study aims to identify the environmental, personal, and behavioral determinants of nutritional intake, physical activity, and weight status among ethnically and socioeconomically diverse young people. Study components have included:

Projects EAT-I and EAT-II (Time 1 and Time 2 data collection) were supported by the Maternal and Child Health Program (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (grants MCJ-270834 and R40 MC 00319). Projects EAT-III and EAT-2010 were funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute , National Institutes of Health (grant R01HL084064). Project EAT-IV, a 15-year follow-up study, is ongoing and supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (grant R01HL116892).

Project investigators are faculty at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and teach courses in Public Health Nutrition , Epidemiologic Methods, and Biostatistics.

Melanie Wall, PhD is a Professor of Biostatistics at Columbia University. She has been a co-investigator and statistician on Project EAT since 1999. Her research interests are in statistical modeling of behavioral health data, in particular using latent variable models like structural equation models.

Richard MacLehose, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. His interests are in epidemiologic methods, Bayesian analysis and causal inference. Dr. MacLehose has been a co-investigator and statistician on Project EAT since 2009. His contributions to Project EAT involve study design and analysis as well as the development of methods for appropriate statistical inference.

Anne Gerlach, MPH, RD is a Senior Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. She currently serves as the Project Manager for Project EAT 2010-2018. She has over 17 years of experience working a research coordinator for NIH-funded studies, primarily focused on obesity prevention. She earned a BS in Dietetics from the University of Rhode Island, and an MPH in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.


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