Carolyn Gunther, Ph.D.
College of Education and Human Ecology
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Biomedical Nutrition, Obesity
Areas of Expertise: reduction of childhood obesity, improvement of dairy calcium consumption, nutrition training programs for minority undergraduates
I will contribute to the Center by engaging in research initiatives in the area of Biomedical Nutrition. The primary focus of my research program centers on developing and implementing community-based, family nutrition interventions to improve the food choices and eating behaviors of young children, and ultimately to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity. Eating behaviors that fuel development of obesity appear to be established early in life and become difficult to change thereafter. We also know that parents play a major role in shaping food choices and eating behaviors of their children (e.g., role modeling, setting expectations, making healthy foods available). Thus, in order to reverse current trends in childhood obesity, early intervention and engagement of parents are essential. Center membership will allow the critical opportunity for expanded transdisciplinary collaborations with OSU faculty, specifically in the area of childhood obesity prevention research.
Carolyn Gunther discusses the importance of a healthy breakfast. Read more
Coming from a long family history of giving back, Food Innovation Center member Carolyn Gunther feels right at home directing the second year pilot test of her successful Simple Suppers (a project which benefits from FIC funding) at Ohio State University's Schoenbaum Family Center. Read more