University Given Grant To Study Obesity After High School
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded the grant for an OSU-designed intervention program that will test which of three life-skills tracks work best to keep young people healthy as they move past high school.
Starting in June, about 500 teens, aged 15 to 19, involved in 4-H soccer programs in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties will be assigned to one of the three tracks:
** Classes on growing food, healthy cooking, preparing inexpensive meals at home and staying active after high-school sports years end.
** Two programs will use technology to create virtual environments in which teens practice those same skills. One will be based on real life, while the other will be a fantasy world in which anything is possible.
Melinda Manore, a professor of nutrition, and Siew Sun Wong, assistant professor of nutrition, and their colleagues will evaluate whether students have better outcomes — whether they stay physically active and develop healthy lifestyle skills — with the real-world program, the virtual real world or the virtual fantasy world program, given how enamored young people are of technology and video games.