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Objective

While the rates of overweight and obesity are growing in low-, middle- and high-income countries due to overconsumption of calories and physical inactivity, persistent rates of micronutrient deficiencies exist across many populations. These growing public health challenges require unique interventions across many settings. The ILSI Research Foundation is committed to improving nutrition and health through cross-disciplinary research, with a particular focus on improving the accessibility of food composition and dietary intake data, open data and methods harmonization, and the drivers of food choice.

Collaborators & Partners

ILSI Branches, Global Nutrition Strategy Working Group, Crop Composition Working Group

Areas of Focus

The ILSI Research Foundation is focused on the following activities related to nutrition:

World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies

The ILSI Research Foundation has compiled a catalogue of national, regional and international food composition databases used for dietary assessments. This interactive, online resource is available to the public.

Crop Composition Database

The ILSI Research Foundation’s CCDB is a curated, open resource that provides data on the natural variability in the nutritional composition (e.g., nutrients, anti-nutrients, and secondary metabolites) of key crop species. These data can be applied to improve overall knowledge of human nutrition, inform the development of diets that promote the healthy growth of livestock, and improve global datasets related to food security and nutrition modeling.

Sustainable Nutrition Security

The ILSI Research Foundation developed a set of food system metrics that holistically and accurately measure sustainable nutrition security across all relevant domains of interest.

Resources

Newsletters

Find out about the work being done by the ILSI Research Foundation by reading our monthly e-newsletter.

TAKE10

Developed by the ILSI Research Foundation, TAKE10 promotes physical activity, healthy eating, and learning in a fun and creative way.

¡Miranos! (Look at Us! We Are Healthy!): Home-Based and Parent Peer-Led Childhood Obesity Prevention

Parent interventions for childhood obesity prevention have traditionally experienced low participation rates or used passive methods such as newsletters. In contrast, the ¡Miranos! intervention home-based activities included parent-led face-to-face meetings delivered after school, take-home bags with educational materials, and scavenger hunt games to deliver health information to Head Start families regarding nutrition, physical activity, and healthy growth promotion for their preschooler.

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Legacy Work

Diet and Physical Activity Interventions in Latin America

“Healthy Lifestyles Healthy People” was a project in 2008 that provided grants to investigators in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico to develop obesity prevention approaches through diet and physical activity interventions in Latin America. View the publications.

Methods and Participant Characteristics of a Randomized Intervention to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Among Brazilian High School Students: the Saude na Boa Project

A cross-cultural, randomized study was proposed to observe the effects of a school-based intervention designed to promote physical activity and healthy eating among high school students in 2 cities from different regions in Brazil: Recife and Florianopolis. The objective of this article is to describe the methodology and subjects enrolled in the project.

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Partnership for Achieving Healthier Lifestyles in New Mexico

“Get Healthy Together” was a lifestyle intervention project implemented through a partnership between the ILSI Research Foundation, New Mexico Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the University of New Mexico in 2007. The project evaluated the impact of pediatric obesity counseling self-efficacy and client satisfaction associated with the provision of augmented counseling tools, counseling skills training, and a personal wellness promotion for WIC staff in New Mexico. View the publications.

¡Miranos! (Look at Us! We Are Healthy!): Home-Based and Parent Peer-Led Childhood Obesity Prevention

Parent interventions for childhood obesity prevention have traditionally experienced low participation rates or used passive methods such as newsletters. In contrast, the ¡Miranos! intervention home-based activities included parent-led face-to-face meetings delivered after school, take-home bags with educational materials, and scavenger hunt games to deliver health information to Head Start families regarding nutrition, physical activity, and healthy growth promotion for their preschooler.

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Integration of Nutrition, Food Science, and Community

The ILSI Research Foundation served as the secretariat for the International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group (INACG) and the International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG) from 1984 to 2006. INACG was dedicated to reducing the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia and other nutritionally preventable anemias worldwide through sponsoring international meetings, scientific reviews and task forces. IVACG guided international activities for reducing Vitamin A deficiency in the world through stimulating and disseminating new knowledge to enable practical application. INACG and IVACG were replaced by the Micronutrient Forum. View the publications.

INACG Publications

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IVACG Publications

IVACG: Status of the Studies on Vitamin A and HIV

Despite the lack of evidence that vitamin A supplementation can reduce vertical transmission of HIV, there is still an enormous burden of morbidity and mortality related to vitamin A deficiency in sub- Saharan Africa and other areas of the developing world. Control of vitamin A deficiency remains an important health intervention.

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IVACG: Vitamin A and Iron Interactions

Available evidence indicates that vitamin A deficiency is often associated with iron deficiency anemia and that vitamin A supplementation can have a beneficial effect on iron status. However, it is important to remember that iron deficiency is the primary cause of anemia and that vitamin A cannot overcome severe underlying iron deficiency.

Read more

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