Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


What’s going on in the ICAN Lab?

Health Happens! preschool program presents nutrition & physical activity tips for the whole family…find out more via our Twitter @TNHealthHappens

For more information about the ICAN-THRIVE lab (Dr. Kavanagh), click HERE.

For more information about the ICAN-GROW lab (Dr. Spence), click HERE.

For more information about the ICAN-REACH lab (Dr. Colby), click HERE.


April 2013

The ICAN Lab traveled to Boston, MA for the 2013 Experimental Biology Meeting.

Violet Lou, PhD Candidate, presented a poster, titled Breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and intent in a sample of Chinese undergraduate students.

Violet also gave an oral presentation, titled Maternal indicators and reported causes of perceived insufficient milk supply among a sample of Chinese mothers.

Katie Bower, PhD Student, presented a poster, titled The relationship between infant-feeding attitudes and practices and infant weight at 2 and 4 months of age.

Lindsay Miesel, MS-MPH Student, presented a poster, titled Use of digital messages to increase parental engagement in an after-school obesity prevention program.

Daniel Lewis, undergraduate student, presented a poster, titled Fathers’ acceptance of videoconferencing for remote lactation consultation: a pilot study.

August 2012

At the beginning of August, the Baby Mine Team and Public Health Nutrition Students participated in focus group and research interview training with Dr. Suzie Goodell, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University. This training was part of the development of Phase 2 of the Baby Mine research project.

October 2011

October 30, 2011: Angela Sberna, MS Student, was invited to give a poster presentation, titled The Relationship Between Emotion Regulation, Stress, Social Support and Breastfeeding Outcomes, at the American Public Health Association’s 139th Annual Meeting in Washinton, DC.

Child Health Week: October 3-9, 2011
“A Healthy Tennessee, Begins with a Healthy Me”

This year’s Child Health Week theme focuses on the importance of being a healthy, positive role model for children. In celebration of Child Health Week, Lizzy Miller, MS and students from East Knox Elementary School will perform the Let’s Move! “Move Your Body” routine on WBIR’s Live at Five at Four on Thursday, October 6.

You can sign a pledge to be a healthy role model to the children in your life. All week, and all year, you can advocate for the health of children by asking all Tennesseans to sign the pledge. The pledge is part of the Tennessee Dietetic Association’s Let’s Move Initiative lead by Dr. Marsha Spence.

April 2011

The ICAN Lab recruited research participants at the Duck Duck Goose Spring consignment event. The GRAs made diaper cakes stuffed with prizes, such as baby powder, baby socks, bibs, and washclothes. The lab team also passed out flyers wrapped around free diapers.

November 2010

Andrew Carberry, MS Student, was invited to give a poster presentation, titled Youth Can! Grow Healthy: A Positive Youth Development Program to Empower Young Adolescents, at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Mona Habibi, MS, PhD Student, was invited to give two oral presentations at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Mona is pictured with Katie Kavanagh, PhD, RD and Sherri Hedberg, RN, BSN, IBCLC, Director of the Breastfeeding Center at Lisa Ross. The two oral presentations were titled Using Skype for Breastfeeding Consultation: Maternal Response to Experience and Using Skype for Breastfeeding Consultation: Feasibility Study to Determine Accuracy of Diagnosis and Referral.

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