New MU Research Center Enables Multi-Disciplinary Work on Obesity and Related Diseases
The new state-of-the-art MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) at the University of Missouri merges expertise in agriculture, medicine, food science, journalism, exercise, dietetics and other disciplines into one to develop holistic and practical approaches to controlling obesity and diabetes. The University of Missouri is uniting many top researchers to help MUNCH away at obesity and diabetes. Through studying exercise and eating habits, researchers at MU believe they can find ways to help reduce the prevalence of diabetes. MUNCH resources include a teaching kitchen for presentations about healthy cooking, an observational lab and a metabolic kitchen where researchers can design meals with specific nutritional profiles for experiments. With help from MU Physical Activity and Wellness (MU PAW) program, researchers are capable of measuring body composition, cognitive function, blood markers and body glucose.