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Healthful Eating and Active Living Through Healthy Environments (HEALTHE) Lab

The HEALTHE Lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is led by Betsy Anderson Steeves and supported by graduate and undergraduate students, interdisciplinary colleagues, and community partners. The HEALTHE Lab focuses on conducting research to explore the mechanisms through which the social and physical (built) environments in which we make food-related decisions influence our choices, with a specific emphasis on settings and populations that experience the highest rates of health disparities.

The goals of the HEALTHE lab are two-fold:

  • To take a policy, systems, and environment-centered approach to changing physical and social environments to promote equitable access to healthful, affordable, and culturally appropriate foods and opportunities for physical activity for all people, with an emphasis on individuals in low-income areas of rural East Tennessee and urban food deserts.
  • To provide students with training related to nutrition assessments and interventions that include a comprehensive public health approach, allowing for the consideration of multiple levels of influence on food-related behaviors.

If you would like to learn more about the HEALTHE lab, or to get involved, please contact Betsy Anderson Steeves.