Sara J. Sweitzer



NTR Faculty
Office: GEA 329


Office: 512-471-0511
Fax: 512-471-5630



Ph.D, Nutritional Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

My research interests include behavioral nutrition.  My work focuses on parents of young children.  Many dietary habits and food preferences are established by age four.  Consequently, the parent is an important role model and teacher for dietary habits that will last a lifetime and can impact the rate of childhood obesity.  Through my work in child care centers I seek to help parents improve the food choices they make for their child.  Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher with a large study funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute that will evaluate the impact of a nutrition education program that I designed that brings together child care center staff, children and their parents to improve foods that are packed in sack lunches.  I have also received the PepsiCo Healthy Lifestyles Innovative Research Grant 2010 to explore and design program around what parents serve their children for breakfast before dropping them off at child care centers.  Our lab is also exploring ways to impact decisions that parents of young children make in the grocery store.  My teaching responsibilities include undergraduate upper level nutrition classes for vitamins &mineral as well as scientific writing.