Ravola and Houston Present Obesity Research at Advancing Mississippi Conference

“Parental Perceptions and Eating Behaviors as Correlates of Childhood Obesity,” was the title of a paper presented at the 2nd annual Advancing Mississippi Conference, June 8 in Jackson, Mississippi by Dr. Martha Ravola, associate professor, interim chair, Department of Human Sciences, and principal investigator, of the Parents and Children Engaged to Prevent Childhood Obesity project and Priscilla Houston, PACE research aide.

The conference was organized by the University Research Center, a division of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. The conference allowed researchers to present papers addressing long-term economic challenges facing Mississippi by informing policymakers, business leaders, and community advocates on the discovery of productive avenues to overcome challenges and foster growth within the state.

“It was an honor to share about Alcorn’s efforts in preventing childhood obesity in Southwest Mississippi as obesity affects healthcare costs and productivity of the human capital,” said Ravola. “This unique opportunity to present with researchers from across the state was reassuring that our research is vital as it addresses a severe public health issue affecting the state.”

Houston expressed, “I am fortunate and elated to have been a part of the PACE project and share about our research at such a prestigious research forum.”

For more conference highlights, click on the links below:

Conference Information: https://www.ihl.state.ms.us/ihl/newsstory.asp?ID=1305

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: https://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/2017/06/09/miss-professor-educates-parents-about-their-eating-habits-to-combat-childhood-obesity/

For more details on the PACE project, contact Ravola, at 601.877.4717 or [email protected]., or Houston at 601.877.4709 or [email protected]