Center for Obesity Prevention
Facilitating obesity prevention by:
- Developing and implementing socio-ecologically-based and holistic obesity prevention programs
- Developing human capacity for sustained future innovation
- Implementing innovation knowledge transfer and public outreach
- Developing strong international engagement initiatives focusing on obesity
- Ensuring operational effectiveness and growth of the Center
To generate and apply knowledge in the development of socio-ecologically-based and holistic obesity prevention programs, with a particular focus on preschoolers, their caregivers, and their siblings.
To develop human capacity for continued future innovation through undergraduate and graduate students, Cooperative Extension specialists, and the teachers/caregivers of preschoolers.
To implement innovative knowledge transfer and public outreach efforts, ensuring that solutions generated by the Center benefit the targeted end-users, particularly preschoolers, their caregivers, and their siblings.
To develop international collaborative research, teaching, and Extension initiatives including support for the national effort designed to increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying abroad for continued future innovation in the prevention of obesity.
To ensure operational effectiveness and growth of the Center.
About the Center
The Center for Obesity Prevention at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is poised to accelerate the progress in obesity prevention through effective and holistic programs that address key underlying determinants of obesity and enhance an effective and sustainable behavior change.
The mission of the Center is to provide educational programs, research-based information, and technology transfer that focus on obesity prevention and the needs of individuals in the tri-county area of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and nationwide enabling them to make informed decisions about their health and their economic, social, and cultural well-being.
- Malinda D. Cecil, Ph.D., RD, LDN, Assoc. Prof. & Director Didactic Program in Dietetics
- Cathy A. Ferraro, Lecture/Director of Dietetic Internship
- Donna M. Long, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Director of Child and Family Development Center
- Missale Kumelachew, Ph.D. Associate Professor
- Jada E. Brooks, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
- Virginie M. Zoumenou, Ph.D., LDN, CNS Associate Professor/State Extension Nutrition Specialist, 1890 EFNEP/FCS Program
For Additional Information Contact:
Dr. Virginie M. Zoumenou, Ph.D., LDN, CNS