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Healthcare is changing in many positive ways and ASU strives to be at the forefront. By embedding health promotion and disease prevention into health care, the university directly benefits the health and wellbeing of the community. Ongoing research is in areas such as lifestyle and behavior change, diabetes prevention, cardiovascular disease, adult and childhood obesity, healthy workplace environments, and nutrition and exercise science.
Bringing health promotion into our communities
The Healthy Lifestyles Research Center was established to facilitate interactions among faculty that promote collaborative research into aspects of how daily lifestyle habits and actions impact both short and long term health, chronic disease risk, and quality of life. We strive to find new ways to improve the health and vibrancy of populations, locally and abroad.
The Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging (CIHRA) provides the structure to design, build, and sustain a bold, nationally competitive venture in aging. CIHRA capitalizes on ASU’s strengths in aging by fusing academic disciplines, professional practice, technology, and community embeddedness. Its investigators blend expertise in prevention, behavior change, and intervention for midlife and older populations. As health-related researchers join with those in the Arts, Humanities, Design, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Journalism, Law, Engineering, and other disciplines, CIHRA works to uncover keys to combat aging, disease, and disease processes.
In addition to research, students and faculty in ASU's health enterprise bring their expertise in health promotion and disease prevention to local Arizona communities through health clinics and community programs.
Camp Crave is a summer program where children in grades 4-6 are invited to attend an interactive camp that combines food, fun and fitness. Each day includes exciting fitness activities to get campers energized and excited to learn about nutrition and food culture. In addition, they practice their cooking skills in a “real” kitchen atmosphere while making healthy meals.
Fresh Express Bus is a program designed to increase access to healthy foods and community health resources to underserved communities in Phoenix and Tempe.