DISC Speaker Series - How 'bout Them Apples: Food Environments and Their Effect on What You Eat
- Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
- MSU Library, CyberDiscovery Visualization Area (located on the first floor of MSU Library) - view map
Join DISC for "How 'bout Them Apples" an exciting talk from Dr. Selena Ahmed and Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks of the MSU Food and Health Lab. Come for the conversation and stay for the complimentary food and drink!
MSU's Data Infrastructure and Scholarly Communication (DISC) group is pleased to welcome Dr. Selena Ahmed and Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks of the MSU Food and Health Lab as the first speakers of the 2018 DISC Speaker Series. Designed as a venue for for MSU researchers to share their work with non-expert, multidisciplinary audiences, the DISC Speaker Series will include brief multimedia presentations and include time for questions and conversation. All DISC Speaker Series events will occur at the CyberDiscoveryvisualization area located on the first floor of MSU Library.
ABSTRACT // Worldwide, adults consume fewer fruits and vegetables (FVs) than recommended. The food environment is one potential influence on dietary quality, where food venues, food types, and processes impact the availability and affordability of high quality and desirable FVs. This research examined disparities in availability, affordability, quality, and desirability of FVs in rural versus urban food environments in Montana as measured by observational surveys, consumer sensory testing, and total phenolic concentration. Metrics to evaluate FV availability, affordability, quality, and desirability will be presented. Our findings indicate that fruits and vegetables were significantly lower in quality and desirability in all three measures on the basis of rurality. Intervention strategies should aim to increase FV quality and desirability in rural food environments to promote consumption. These findings should be examined for their applicability in various settings worldwide towards reducing disparities among food environments.
Dr. Selena Ahmed's research, teaching, and outreach interests are at the intersection of the ecological, cultural, and health aspects of food systems with a focus on food security and food environments in health disparate communities. For the past 13 years, Dr. Ahmed has carried out transdisciplinary food systems research in a range of ecological and cultural contexts in China, India, Morocco, Venezuela, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. The theories and methods driving Dr. Ahmed's transdisciplinary research draw upon her training in chemical ecology and clinical nutrition (NIH TEACRS postdoctoral research at Tufts University); biology, plant sciences, and phytochemistry (PhD at the City University of New York and the New York Botanical Garden); cultural anthropology and ethnobotany (MSc from the University of Kent at Canterbury); and economics (BA from Barnard College). Since joing MSU in Fall 2013, Dr. Ahmed has served as the Principle Investigator of the Agroecology and Phytochemistry Group of the Food and Health Lab, I am particularly interested in identifying the socio-ecological determinants of environmental and human wellbeing in the food system. Learn more about Dr. Ahmed.
Dr. Carmen Byker Shanks' research program aims to increase dietary quality and decrease nutrition-related health disparities, while contributing to healthier food environments and systems. She partners with communities, researchers, students, and stakeholders to measure and implement contextually specific strategies in food systems that facilitate dietary change and positive health outcomes. She holds a BS in Dietetics and a PhD in Behavioral and Community Science from Virginia Tech, USA, and is a Registered Dietitian. She joined the faculty of Montana State University in Fall 2011, is Associate Professor of Food and Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems, and initiated the Food and Health Lab at Montana State University in the Fall of 2013 in collaboration with Selena Ahmed to carry out basic, behavioral, and applied research that explores linkages among food environments, nutrition, and health. Learn more about Dr. Byker Shanks.