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HDFS researcher Gail Ferguson receives grant

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Dr. Gail Ferguson, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and her colleagues received an NIH R21 grant to support their work, “Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Jamaican Schools through Food-Focused U.S. Media Literacy.”

Working in collaboration with Professor Julie Meeks at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Jamaica, Ferguson (principal investigator), and Michelle Nelson (co-Investigator), an Associate Professor in the U of I Department of Advertising, were recently awarded $250,000 in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The research grant will support Promoting Healthy Eating Habits in Jamaican Schools through Food-Focused U.S. Media Literacy, a transdiciplinary project which will combat the negative impact of increased U.S. media consumption on eating habits in Jamaica. Additionally, this intervention project may also benefit future Jamaican migrants to the U.S.

More about Dr. Ferguson’s work and the grant at http://illinois.edu/lb/article/3493/98646.