Our mission is to discover, translate, and disseminate health-related advances in the nutrition, food, and exercise sciences.
Our faculty promote health and wellness with an emphasis on translational science, service to the community, and providing quality education for students. HNFE's unique fusion of nutrition and exercise sciences positions us as a leader in education, prevention, research, and translational studies. We're examining the psychosocial aspects of health, behavioral interventions, human performance, and youth and adult weight management with a focus on chronic disease and prevention.
Paul Estabrooks updated the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors recently about efforts to reduce the nation’s swelling obesity problems. "If people who weigh 200 pounds lose five percent of their body weight--10 pounds--with a very low-calorie diet, when they regain the weight, they have less muscle than when they started."
People who regain the weight they’ve lost after dieting may be reducing their physical fitness more than they think. That’s because when dieters lose weight, they lose both muscle and fat. But when they put pounds back on they generally regain mostly fat.
The muscle-loss phenomenon was part of a rationale to study the effectiveness of resistance training to prevent diabetes, work led by Brenda Davy and Richard Winett, the Heilig Meyers professor of psychology in the College of Science.
(3-4pm, Fralin Auditorium)
Dec. 9: Rebecca Muckelbauer, Berlin School of Public Health, "Water consumption and body weight outcomes"