Recent studies, grants and research projects
Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC)
The purpose of this grant is to promote health and wellness among tribal nations. The original grant is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and NAU Health Sciences support the Navajo Epidemiology Center with the project. NAU’s primary role is to support evaluation of the project, and help finalize a Community Wellness Toolkit aimed at helping local chapters with planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion projects in their community.
Funder: Navajo Epidemiology Center through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Time: ends December 2019.
The research team, consisting of the Navajo Epidemiology Center, 15 Northern Arizona University and Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital local community affiliate propose to study the impact of the Navajo Nation 2% tax on junk food on 3 major components: 1) chapter wellness programming supported by tax revenue, 2) changes in the food store environment and pricing following the tax implementation; and 3) changes in sugar sweetened beverage and fruit/vegetable intake following the tax implementation.
Funder: National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities
Ends: June 30 2022.
Plant-Rich and Nutrient Dense Interventions for Active Lifestyles (PRANDIAL Lab)
Lead Faculty: Jay Sutliffe
About: We are a diverse team of educators, clinicians, researchers, and students who seek to better understand the mechanisms and dynamics involved in the relationship among nutrition, behaviors, cultural influences, and sustainable lifestyle practices.
Lumberjack Performance Nutrition
Lead Faculty: Jay Sutliffe
About: Lumberjack Performance Nutrition is a study to address the effects of nutrition-focused education on athletic performance. Physical and emotional health evaluation to compare athletes who consume high nutrient dense diets with those that consume less nutrient dense diets. Aimed at determining the dietary, anthropometric, blood-lipid, and performance patterns of university-level athletes at American universities attempting to increase body mass during 6-months of training.
Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR)
Lead Faculty: Priscilla Sanderson
About: A collaboration between partner institutions NAU, UA and Diné College, the vision of CAIR is to promote strong, healthy and resilient American Indian communities. CAIR aims to support resiliency-building education, programs, and activities.
Nutritarian Women’s Health Study
About: A nationwide online study to address the effects of a plant-rich, nutrient-dense diet on a variety of women’s health issues and, more specifically, the occurrence and recurrence of certain cancers. A collaborative investigation between Northern Arizona University and the Nutritional Research Foundation. Enrollment is open to females, above the age of 18 living in the United States.
In addition to the primary study, an additional arm was recently implemented to conduct a randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of health coaching on the compliance of the dietary protocol recommended for the study.