David York and Michael Lefevre
Nutrition: Good for Your Health and Good for the Economy
Nutrition is one of the most important factors in determining a person’s health, and poor nutrition is linked to an increased risk for all major chronic diseases. Reduced quality of life, increased healthcare costs, and shortened lifespan are some of the negative effects of unhealthy diets. Nutrition research at Utah State University is now addressing these problems head-on by identifying new dietary components that promote health, examining the ways that diets lead to health or disease, and providing insights into why people respond differently to nutrition. USU researchers are also working to translate their research findings into practical solutions and technologies, including new bioactive compounds, identification of biomarkers for individualized medicine, and development of new targets for therapeutic interventions to prevent disease.