Presented by the Center for Regional Food Studies
Melanie Hingle & Vanessa da Silva
Tuesday, March 20th 12-1pm
"Food as Medicine: Current (UA) Initiatives and Future Opportunities to Integrate Nutrition with Medical Care and Prevention"
Melanie Hingle is a nutrition scientist, public health researcher, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience and training in health promotion and behavioral sciences, digital health methods, assessment of dietary intake and the design and conduct of interventions focused on metabolic disease prevention. She conducts her work at the intersection of nutritional sciences research and public health practice where she seeks to understand and modify behavioral risk factors associated with diet-sensitive diseases, most notably type 2 diabetes.
Vanessa da Silva, PhD, RD, is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her work involves developing and implementing evidence-based nutrition programs across Arizona through the Cooperative Extension network. Vanessa has directed a statewide USDA nutrition program for low-income families in Georgia, and led a clinical nutrition study abroad group to Costa Rica. Vanessa is currently interested in diabetes prevention and in addressing health through the lens of food and food preparation.