Title:Snelling, Anastasia (Dept. of Health Studies)
Abstract:Dr. Anastasia Snelling is a professor and Chair of the Department of Health Studies. Her research focuses on methods of behavior change in nutrition education to manage risk factors related to chronic disease. Specifically, her work uses the school environment to improve the health status and academic achievement of children. Grounded in the Social Ecological Model, her work in school health examines different levels of influence that can improve the health and food environment, leading to improved health and weight status. By addressing the needs of the child within the social, economic, and cultural contexts where they live, the research aligns health and education to enable students to reach their full potential. Reliable evidence indicates that healthy students are better learners, and, consequently, good health is fundamental to ensuring an effective education.