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College: Agriculture, Food and Environment

VIDEO: UK Professor Passionate About Providing Access to Healthy Foods

Published: Jan 20, 2016

 

 

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.  Special thanks to Agricultural Communications Services and REVEAL for footage used in this video. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2016) — Most of us view a trip to the grocery store as a chore, but for one University of Kentucky professor, it’s all in a day’s work.

 

Alison Gustafson, an assistant professor in UK’s Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, has always been interested in people, what they eat and why they make the choices they make when it comes to food. 

 

“One of my favorite things to do is to walk the aisles of a grocery store or a gas station,” Gustafson said. “So the food stores out in the counties are my labs.”

 

But the path from an undergraduate degree from Bradley University in dietetics to a career as a scholar at UK did not happen overnight.

 

Gustafson spent time in Washington, D.C. working on nutrition policy, earned a master’s degree in public health at Boston University and even worked with AIDS orphans and HIV-positive mothers in Zimbabwe.  The common theme in each of these roles was access to food. 

 

But she really tapped into her passion for research while working for a small health department in Illinois.  There, Gustafson received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to conduct research on weight loss among breast cancer survivors. At the same time, she was invited to teach a class at a local community college.

 

"I loved doing research, which involved reaching out to people and helping them to improve their lives," said Gustafson. "And I found teaching to be fascinating. The combination of interacting with students in the classroom while also working on a research project was stimulating. It tripped my trigger. It was then I decided to pursue my Ph.D."

 

Gustafson, now in her fifth year as a faculty member in the University of Kentucky's Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, earned her doctorate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where her dissertation focused on nutrition epidemiology.

 

She worked with minority women in rural populations as they tried to lose weight.  That was her “aha” moment.

 

“They were talking about how there was nowhere to shop to buy the food we were telling them to buy,” Gustafson said.  “So, you can tell people all this food to buy and you should buy more apples and even if culturally that fits with someone’s culture, if they don’t have access to that type of food and it’s not affordable, they’re not buying it.” 

 

Her research at UK examines how the food environment impacts obesity among rural populations. Gustafson conducts community-based behavioral interventions focused on chronic disease prevention.

 

Watch the video above to learn more about what drives Gustafson as a researcher and why she loves getting out into the counties.

 

This video feature is part of a new monthly series called, ‘“see discovery:” The People Behind Our Research.’  The videos, produced by UKNow and REVEAL, will highlight the important work being conducted at the University of Kentucky by telling the stories of our researchers.  The idea is to discover and share what motivates our faculty, staff and students to ask the questions that lead to discovery. 

 

Since this is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a researcher who you think should be featured, please email us

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200, carl.nathe@uky.edu

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu

or Alicia Gregory, 859-257-2980, alicia@uky.edu

 

 

 

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