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Nichole Kelly joins health cluster to improve eating behaviors

Nichole Kelly — one of four young scholars recruited into the UO's Health Promotion and Obesity Prevention Initiative — spent part of her summer getting to know local community leaders and the challenges they face when dealing with childhood obesity. She is a faculty member in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services.

With fall quarter here, she said, she's ready to hit the ground running as part of the initiative, which was chosen as one of the UO's Clusters of Excellence in 2014.

"The primary goal of my research is to identify effective strategies for improving eating behaviors in order to help children and their families live healthier lives," said Kelly, who joined the UO after working as postdoctoral researcher at the National Institutes of Health. "An important first step in achieving this goal is to familiarize myself with the health status and behaviors of Oregon families."

Read the full story in Around the O.