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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Children's Hospital gets $7.4 million for research on child nutrition

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 11:07 AM

The Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital will get $7.4 million from the federal Agriculture Department to research nutrition, obesity and other issues.

A release said the money will support continued research into how nutrition, physical activity and diet influence human development and susceptibility to illness.

The center is one of two in the country focusing on children's issues and is said to be the only one focused on rural populations.

The ACNC is one of only two Human Nutrition Research Centers in the nation that are dedicated entirely to the exploration of issues affecting children, and the only one focused on this population in a rural setting.

Among the studies are those that determine the relative effects of breastfeeding versus formula feeding and the link between obesity and exercise during pregnancy.

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