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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
This journal article evaluates environmental obesogenic-related factors, such as physical activity in neighborhoods and schools, nutritional behavior, and intervention programs.
Prolonged sitting at desks during the school day without a break may result in off-task behavior in students. This study was designed to examine the effects of a classroom physical activity intervention, using TAKE 10!®, on elementary school students’ on-task behavior.
This paper assesses the efficacy of two school-based programmes designed to promote students’ willingness to engage in lifestyle changes related to eating habits and physical activity behaviours.
The Get Healthy Together (GHT) project involved an 18‑month intervention that provided skills training and new tools to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program staff and a staff wellness program to improve the physical self‑ concept and functioning of WIC employees.