This project will aim to develop or adapt an existing model to generate small area estimates in Idaho counties of the factors that place individuals at highest risk for obesity (e.g. sedentary behaviors, food insecurity, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption). Knowledge of the local environment is often critical in public health planning and development. In the model, selected demographic characteristics, health conditions, health behaviors, and health status will be estimated to provide a precise geographical picture of the relevant local population. The model will attempt to synthesize a geographically-relevant study population in their local context using various datasets. The American Community Survey (e.g. census) will be used to provide the geographical and demographical context at the local level, and it will be linked to regional datasets such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFFS) to provide domain relevant information, mainly in the context of health-related lifestyles. Prevalence of obesity indicators and other risk factors will be estimated for Idaho counties and local authorities in 2013/2014 to identify the “hot spots” or those counties with the highest risk of obesity.
Patel, Colleagues Find Pesticide May Contribute to Global Obesity EpidemicSeptember 13, 2021
U of I Molecular Modeler Jagdish Patel worked with Canadian scientists to screen several common food additives or contaminants. They discovered that the commonly sprayed organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos puts the break on the burning of calories in the brown adipose tissue of mice and published their work in Nature Communications in August. Slowing down this burning of calories, a […]
What’s your COVID-19 exposure risk in a gathering?November 24, 2020
Thank you to reporter Kyle Pfannenstiel for highlighting some of U of I’s COVID-19 modeling efforts, as originally published in the Post Register. If you’ll be at the dinner table with people you don’t live with this week, research from the University of Idaho can help you gauge how likely you are to bump into someone who […]
It Takes a Village (and a Research University)November 20, 2020
This article was written by Alexiss Turner, Marketing and Communications Manager from the College of Engineering, for the recently published “Here We Have Idaho” magazine. IMCI and many of our faculty participants have been very involved in the COVID-19 pandemic response. We are proud to be part of the many research efforts campus-wide that continue […]