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Active Transportation Presents New Opportunities
Physical environmental characteristics such as a lack of sidewalks or crosswalks are prohibitive to participating in active transportation. Clearly, there is room for improvement when it comes to designing our infrastructure to accommodate active transportation methods.
Timothy K. Behrens, Northern Arizona University and Gabrielle Delio, Northern Arizona University and Whitney Holeva, Northern Arizona University. (2017, May 17). Active Transportation Presents New Opportunities. Retrieved May 24, 2017, from http://www.publichealthpost.org/research/active-transportation-presents-new-opportunities/#.WRxtBKumUTM.email

Current Research

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    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.

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    LiveWell Colorado Springs

    Lead Faculty: 

    Tim Behrens

    Jay Sutliffe

    About: Schools and lower income communities working toward reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. These selected school districts create policies to go from traditional school food to scratch cooking and introduce more daily physical activity. NAU undergrads are working with the real-world research to produce abstracts, manuscripts and infographics regarding LiveWell's findings. 

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    Nutritarian Women's Health Study

    Lead Faculty:

    Jay Sutliffe

    About: Extensive study for women following a nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet over their lifetime to determine the effectiveness on the long term incidence and progress of chronic diseases, including cancer and diabetes. Participants will receive a lab kit every two years to complete blood draws and health screenings to determine risk and incidence of various diseases such as cancer, heart disease, etc. NAU will serve as the host site for the national survey.

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    Thriving Schools Initiative

    Lead Faculty:

    Tim Behrens

    About: A comprehensive evaluation of healthy eating and increased exercise activities in participating school districts. This project is partnered with Kaiser Permanente, University of Colorado, and Northern Arizona University. 

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    American Indian Stop Smoking by Mobile Phone (AI STOMP)

    Lead Faculty:

    Roger Bounds

    About: The American Indian Stop Smoking by Mobile Phone was established to assess a text-messaging based intervention to help American Indian college students at tribal colleges and other universities in the United States. The approach is based on the success of STOMP implemented in New Zealand with the native Maori people. The ultimate goals is to implement and evaluate the AI STOMP intervention in develop cigarette smoking abstinence to be accessible via text messages. NAU is a sub-contracted collaborating partner along with participating institutions: Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Northeastern State University, Stone Child College, and University of North Carolina. 

     

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    CHER

    Center for Health Equity Research

    Lead Faculty:

    Julie Baldwin

    Finding solutions to end health disparities regionally, nationally, and globally will involve new ways of engaging researchers, healthcare providers, and communities in research which is culturally relevant and respectful, and which provides solid information on which to base action. CHER is launching new programs of research, building community engagement around health research, and collaborating with others at NAU and in the community to further training and workforce development goals.

Past Research

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    Community Chronic Disease Prevention (Pilot)

    Lead Faculty:

    Jay Sutliffe

    About: Approximately 100 employees of Northern Arizona University and Northern Arizona Healthcare will take part in a 6-week dietetic study based on the work of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Special emphasis will be placed on management of chronic diseases and Type II diabetes. Researchers hope to see improvement in overall health and reduction in risk factors for Type II diabetes. 

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    Community Chronic Disease Prevention 1

    Lead Faculty:

    Jay Sutliffe

    About: Approximately 100 employees of Northern Arizona University and Northern Arizona Healthcare will take part in a 12-week dietetic study based on the work of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Special emphasis will be placed on management of chronic diseases and Type II diabetes. Researchers hope to see improvement in overall health and reduction in risk factors for Type II diabetes. 

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    Community Chronic Disease Prevention 2

    Lead Faculty:

    Jay Sutliffe

    About: Approximately 100 employees of Northern Arizona University and Northern Arizona Healthcare will take part in a 9-week dietetic study based on the work of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Special emphasis will be placed on management of chronic diseases and Type II diabetes. Researchers hope to see improvement in overall health and reduction in risk factors for Type II diabetes.