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Assessing health behaviors through food preferences Feb. 27th

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Valerie Duffy, Ph.D, RD will discuss whether we “Can assess health behaviors but simply asking liking/disliking?” during the next CHIP lecture Thursday February 27.

Basically, Dr. Duffy will and her team have devoted their research into two complimentary areas. The first involves understanding variation in chemosensory perception in humans and how this variation influences food flavor, food preference and food intake in order to learn how this influences our ability to follow a healthy diet for the prevention of chronic disease and obesity. The other part of her work involves collaborating with community agencies across the state to promote healthy diets and healthy weights of children and their, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged.

“Through involvement of undergraduate and graduate student research, we are investigating the effectiveness of community-based interventions to improve vegetable intake and level of physical activity of children,” she stated.

The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm. You can view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at The link will become active shortly before the lecture begins.

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP with their selection from the following choices by Monday, February 24, at 11:00 am sharp. To RSVP, simply reply to this email (or send an email to and indicate option 1 (roast beef with horseradish may wrap; 2, (turkey with tarragon may wrap); or 3: Vegetarian w/ hummus wrap.

Note: Dr. Duffy has received several awards for excellence in teaching, research and service, and students trained by her have been advancing nutrition and health through research, practice or public health leadership. All interested researchers are encouraged to attend or view the web stream, and to contact Dr. Duffy at



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