U of M School of Public Health researchers receive Pioneering Innovation Award

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Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health received a 2012 Weight of the Nation Award. Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the awards recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding efforts to support healthy eating and active living.

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity was awarded the Pioneering Innovation Award for Applied Obesity Research.

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation directed by University of Minnesota School of Public Health professor Mary Story, PhD, RD, with Karen Kaphingst, MPH, serving as deputy director.

"It is an honor to be recognized by fellow public health professionals with a Weight of the Nation Award," said Story. "Support from colleagues and other public health organizations helps advance our efforts to curb obesity among children."

The awards were announced at the Weight of the Nation Conference, held in Washington, D.C. Honors were given in the categories of systems change, community mobilization, game changer, applied obesity research, and moving forward with technology.

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