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The Guelph Family Health Study is a bold research endeavour designed to tackle the pressing challenges of obesity and related chronic diseases.
The overarching goal of the study is to create a family cohort that can be followed for many years. Our scientific objectives are to: 1) identify early life factors associated with later obesity and chronic disease, and 2) test family-based strategies to support healthful behaviours early in life.
In this presentation, we will describe the Guelph Family Health Study, and present findings from our year-long pilot study with 44 families which included 79 parents and 55 children.
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Presenters: Dr. David Ma and Dr. Jess Haines
David Ma, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and the Director of the Guelph Family Health Study. Dr. Ma’s research program aims to understand the role of dietary fats in human health and with an emphasis on disease prevention. This is reflected in CIHR grants focused on breast cancer prevention demonstrating that omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce tumour outcomes by 25%. CIHR funded research is also focused on establishing fatty acid reference ranges using nationally representative samples from the Canadian Health Measures Survey.
Jess Haines, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor of Applied Nutrition and the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study. Before joining the University of Guelph, Dr. Haines was a faculty member at the Obesity Prevention Program at Harvard Medical School. In 2015, Dr. Haines received the CIHR New Investigator Award. Her research is focused on developing and testing both home- and community-based obesity prevention interventions.
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