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Research conducted in Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL) focuses primarily on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention in children and adolescents.

We are particularly interested in home- and community-based, environmental interventions that incorporate both physical activity and nutrition to achieve healthy outcomes and to decrease racial/ethnic health inequalities. Some of our recent research endeavors are examining adult behavior which aligns with BPAL’s overall mission to better understand how to improve physical activity and other weight-related behaviors in at-risk populations.

Can We Talk F I T ?

We are currently seeking for African American families to participate in focus groups to discuss their family's physical activity and eating behaviors. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Barr-Anderson at TalkFIT@umn.edu or 612-624-0659.