THE BIG PICTURE
What is Fruved? We’re glad you asked! We are a USDA grant-funded research project that began in 2014 at 4 Intervention universities (University of Tennessee, University of Florida, West Virginia University, South Dakota State University) and 4 Control universities (Syracuse University, University of Auburn, University of Kansas, and University of Maine). Now we are expanding the research to 90 other colleges and universities across the country! Our study’s goal is help students manage their weight and live healthier by focusing on three specific areas:
- Improving dietary intake
- Increasing physical activity
- Improving overall stress management skills
We use a Community-Based Participatory Research approach, which in research terms, means this is a heavily student-led project. Our student researchers work alongside our lead researchers, and have a strong impact on what activities we do and what messages we send out on social media. For example – like our logo? Us, too! It was developed by an undergraduate student from South Dakota and a graduate student from Tennessee. This project would not be what it is without our students!
WHAT DO WE LOOK LIKE?
You might see us around your campus in our fruit and veggie suits if your campus is an Intervention site – we’re glad you noticed us! We’re about much more, though. In addition to our peer mentoring, we’re collaborating with other health related groups on campus to make your experience at college the healthiest it can be. In addition to our peer mentoring, here are some things you can expect from us this year if your campus is an Intervention site…
- A few BIG events (stay tuned!) that you won’t want to miss
- Giveaways – FREE STUFF!
- Personalized report cards comparing your physical activity, dietary patterns, and stress management to your whole campus
- Helpful tips on every aspect of health – Find us on social media!
We believe our students are the best teachers. That is why Fruved has sophomores and juniors at each school peer mentoring first year students, helping them live a healthier life during their first year of college. This year, the college students are taking Fruved to high schools! Ultimately, down the road, high school students will work with middle school students, and then the middle school students will work with students in elementary schools. We are all working together to create a sort of “chain reaction,” or what we like to call… a FRUVEMENT!
The University of Tennessee Volunteers
Principal Investigator & Project Lead: Dr. Sarah Colby
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kendra Cattleman
The West Virginia University Mountaineers
Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa Olfert
The University or Florida Gators
Principal Investigator: Dr. Anne Mathews
The Syracuse University Oranges
Control School Principal Investigator: Dr. Tanya Horacek
The Kansas State University Wildcats
Control School Principal Investigator: Dr. Tandalayo Kidd
The Maine University Bears
Control School Principal Investigator: Dr. Adrienne White
The Auburn University Tigers
Control School Principal Investigator: Dr. Onikia Brown