Division of Agriculture's Center for Human Nutrition: Multi-Campus Initiative to Tackle Obesity

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Tackling obesity will require the strength of a team and that's the idea behind the Center for Human Nutrition, a multi-discipline initiative designed to bring together faculty conducting nutrition-related research in northwest Arkansas.

The Center for Human Nutrition was established in 2001 and is being relaunched by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, one of 20 educational entities within the University of Arkansas System.

Fast Facts

  • Center for Human Nutrition to bring together faculty/research across 3 UA System campuses
  • Initiative includes the Division of Agriculture; U of A, Fayetteville; and UAMS Northwest
  • CFHN to co-sponsor research retreat Oct. 25-27 

The Center for Human Nutrition's advisory committee is comprised of faculty from the Division, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Northwest. The three institutions that co-developed the initiative, its goals and research pillars.  

"The mission of Center for Human Nutrition, or CFHN, is simple: We are working together to conduct the research that will improve health, productivity and quality of life," said Jamie Baum, assistant professor of food science for the Division of Agriculture. "We currently have more than 30 members conducting research in nutrition-related topics ranging from basic science to community interventions."

Baum said the center's five research pillars are:

  • Metabolism
  • Environment
  • Behavior
  • Physical activity
  • Policy

"As we move forward in the next year, our focus will be to reach out to all faculty across the three campuses actively conducting research in one of the five research pillars," Baum said. "As we continue to grow, we will work with members on a funding strategy to help put the CFHN on the local and national map."  

Research Retreat

The center is co-sponsoring the Arkansas Nutrition, Obesity and Health Research Retreat on Oct. 25-27 at the new Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences with the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, UAMS, Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, and Arkansas Children's Research Institute. More information about the retreat can be found at the Nutrition, Obesity and Health web page.

If you are interested in joining the CFHN please send a brief statement describing how your research program fits with the mission and goals of the CFHN, and which research pillar fits with your research program to Jamie Baum at baum@uark.edu. More information about the Center for Human Nutrition can be found on the website at nutrition.uark.edu.

About the Center for Human Nutrition

The mission of the Center for Human Nutrition is to facilitate and enable interdisciplinary human nutrition research that improves health, productivity, and quality of life.  To accomplish our mission, the CHFN has the following goals:

  1. Develop resources to stimulate and support interdisciplinary nutrition research programs.
  2. Enhance recognition of the Center for Human Nutrition's research programs.
  3. Translate nutrition research outcomes to stakeholders and communities.

About the Division of Agriculture: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation's historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



Jamie I. Baum, assistant professor
Food Science
479-575-4474, baum@uark.edu


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