USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is a leader in the global fight against diabetes, with research and consumer education projects spanning all 50 states and U.S. territories. NIFA-funded projects include:
- The University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine was awarded $3.4 million to implement a multi-tiered food incentive and education program with a supermarket chain that has 41 stores in low-income, food-insecure areas of Southern California. This market was selected due to its proximity to low-income Latino neighborhoods, where food insecurity is high. In the project’s first year, 1,154 people have signed up for cooking demonstration classes, healthy food shelf-labeling, and other nutritional education.
- Penn State Extension received a $295,000 grant to establish “Dining with Diabetes,” a community-based initiative that reached 46 Pennsylvania counties. Extension educators brought nutrition and health classes to 2,880 people. Half of the program participants reported improved blood sugar levels in their HbA1C readings, 33 percent reported eating more fruits and vegetables, and 17 percent exercised more.
- Oklahoma State University researchers are using a $150,000 grant to examine the health benefits of whole eggs in improving insulin resistance and lowering blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. The promising results show that eating the equivalent of an egg a day significantly reduces inflammation, cellular oxidative stress, and decreases fasting blood glucose in type 2 diabetic mice.
NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges.