The Center for Human Nutrition Studies values the disciplined methodologies required for reliable nutrition research and offers a wide range of support services.
Protocol Design- Experienced faculty and staff can assist in the design and implementation of your research protocol
- Supplement Protocols - Participants are instructed to consume nutritional products according to a defined dose and schedule.
- Diet-Counseling Based Interventions - Dietitians instruct participants in how to achieve specific dietary goals.
- Controlled-Feeding Based Interventions - All foods are prepared to specified nutrient targets and are provided to participants under supervised conditions.
- Assessment of Dietary Intake - Trained dietitians assess habitual intake using food-frequency questionnaires, food-intake records, or 24-hr diet recalls.
- Menu Development - Multi-day diet plans with supporting recipes are designed to meet specific macro- and micro-nutrient targets across multiple calorie levels.
- Clinical Assessment of Health-Related Endpoints - A variety of assessments and assays are available through our own clinic and laboratories or through contracts with collaborators. Capabilities are also available for assay development.
Projects within the Center include the Cache Valley AIR Study, the implementation of “Food Dudes” in the United States — a USDA-sponsored project designed to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables in elementary school children, which has resulted in a 40 percent increase of fruit and vegetable consumption in Northern Utah populations and “Gut Check”— a research study that intends to determine whether gut microflora levels in local populations impact overall human health and wellness.