Purdue getting regional nutrition, obesity center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen Purdue University to be the site of one of four regional centers for research into nutrition education and obesity prevention.

Purdue said Wednesday that nutrition policy professor Dennis Savaiano will lead the North Central Nutrition Education Center of Excellence at the school. Collaborating with Purdue will be researchers from the University of Missouri, Michigan State University, 11 other land-grant universities and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

Other regional centers are being established at Colorado State University, Cornell University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A national center will be located at the University of Kentucky.

Purdue says the USDA has awarded $4 million in grants to set up the centers.

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