Current Projects

Nutritarian Women's Health Study (NWHS)
NATION WIDE OBSERVATIONAL STUDY
October 2016-Current

A nation wide online study to address the effects of a plant-rich, nutrient-dense diet on a variety of women’s health issues and, more specifically, the occurrence/recurrence of certain cancers. A collaborative investigation between Northern Arizona University and Nutritional Research Foundation. Inclusionary criteria for enrollment is; female, above the age of 18, and
must live in the United States. Participants are expected to complete periodic questionnaires to assess dietary habits, food intake and overall health.
Funding Source: Nutritional Research Foundation, Inc.

 

MEAL AGGREGATE NUTRIENT DENSITY INDEX (MANDI)
PERFORMANCE NUTRITION PROJECT WITH NAU ATHLETICS
January 2017 - current

Address the effects of nutrition focused education on athletic performance. Physical and emotional health evaluation to compare athletes who consume high nutrient dense diets with those that consume less nutrient dense diets. Determine the dietary, anthropometric, blood-lipid, and performance patterns of university-level athletes at American universities attempting to increase body mass during 6-months of training.
Funding Source: Eric M. Lehrman 2015 Trust

 

Completed Projects

COMMUNITY CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION (CCDP)
WORKSITE INTERVENTION: PILOT STUDY.
FEBRUARY 2015 - APRIL 2015

A 6-week pilot intervention for health promotion and disease prevention to ameliorate chronic risk factors for disease, such as for cardiovascular disease (CVD) using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich (NDPR) dietary pattern that have been shown to be effective at preventing and improving chronic-disease conditions, including CVD. The study's aim was to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of an NDPR dietary intervention for worksites to lower CVD risk factors.

Funding Source: Nutritional Research Foundation, Northern Arizona University College of Health and Human Services (Dean's Office) and Department of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University Employee Assistance and Wellness

COMMUNITY CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION (CCDP)
WORKSITE INTERVENTION: PHASE 1

A twelve-week study is to evaluate the health and wellness outcomes of a program that involves adjusting daily food choices to a nutrient-dense whole foods plant based diet. Based on the protocol established by the research team, individuals followed a structured and informative plan to increase micronutrient and phytochemical consumption among participants. Pre and post biometrics were evaluated to compare the changes in lipids, BMI,
waist circumference to diet quality.

Funding Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Northern Arizona University Department of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University Employee Assistance and Wellness

COMMUNITY CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION (CCDP)
WORKSITE INTERVENTION: PHASE 2

Studied the impact of a nutrient dense whole food diet to address weight reduction, lipid management, inflammation reduction, perceptions of hunger, and overall health and longevity for Northern Arizona Healthcare, Northern Arizona University and Health Choice Integrated Care employees, spouses and adult dependents.

Funding Source: Northern Arizona Healthcare, Northern Arizona University Department of Health Sciences, Northern Arizona University Employee Assistance and Wellness

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Community chronic disease prevention  (CCDP)
WORKSITE INTERVENTION: Phase 3
 

A collaborative effort among Northern Arizona University and Northern Arizona Healthcare to improve the health of employees by adopting a plant rich diet. Primary objectives are to assess the effect of a nutrient-dense diet on weight management, lipid management, mental health, sleep, GERD (acid reflux), work productivity, and pain. 
Funding Source: Eric M. Lehrman 2015 Trust, Northern Arizona Healthcare, Northern Arizona University Employee Assistance and Wellness.