A review of Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on our Nation. A Report on Research on the Impact of Food Insecurity and Hunger on Child Health, Growth and Development Commissioned by Feeding America and the ConAgra Foods Foundation by John Cook and Karen Jeng.

Author Biography

Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RD, LD, is Director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living and the John P. McGovern Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the Austin Regional Campus of The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) in Austin, Texas. Dr. Hoelscher’s research interests include child and adolescent nutrition, school-based health promotion programs, dietary and physical activity assessment methodology, evaluation of child obesity policies, and dissemination of school health programs. Dr. Hoelscher has been principal investigator on many research projects with child and adolescent populations, most notably the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH), a study to decrease cardiovascular risk factors in children; and the School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) study, a child and adolescent overweight prevalence study in Texas. Dr. Hoelscher is currently Principal Investigator (PI) of the Texas Child Obesity Research Demonstration (Texas CORD) grant, the Texas Child Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) project, and the Lunch is in the Bag study. Dr. Hoelscher is President-Elect of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and is local coordinator for the 2012 annual ISBNPA conference, to be held in Austin, TX. Dr. Hoelscher received her BS in Food Science & Technology from Texas A & M University,and her MA in Nutrition and PhD in Biological Sciences , both from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA. She is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in Texas.

Alexandra Evans, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the Michaeal & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living of the University of Texas School of Public Health at the Austin Regional campus. She is a behavioral scientist with experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of studies targeting obesity prevention, nutrition and physical activity for children and youth. The majority of her studies target low-income, ethnically- diverse families living in underserved communities. She is currently the principal investigator of several studies measuring the impact of environmental-based interventions, including Sprouting Healthy Kids and the Commercial Kitchen in Schools study. She is also Co-PI of a USDA-funded, randomized controlled trial aimed at evaluating the impact of school-based garden and physical activity programs among low-income and ethnically diverse elementary-age children (Texas! Go, Eat & Grow!). She has been the Principal Investigator of several qualitative studies for prevention of obesity, including focus group studies among low-income parents living in underserved communities. Dr. Evans received her BS in Scientific Nutrition from Texas A & M University, her MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health, and her PhD in Health Education from the University of Texas in Austin.