Amid reports of New York City’s ban on Big Gulps and last week's critical review of the marketing techniques used by soda companies to shift blame to consumers’ choices – a new study by Laureen Smith, Engaging rural and urban Appalachians in research using a community-based participatory research approach, published this month shows that peer support may be all that’s needed to turn the tide. View press release on Laureen's study.

Laureen Smith, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, Food Innovation Center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. She has conducted research promoting healthy dietary and physical activity behaviors to teens and children in Appalachia- a region of Ohio with the largest prevalence rates of childhood obesity. Her areas of expertise are in child health, obesity prevention interventions, risk reduction and youth development in children and adolescents, specifically targeting interventions targeting obesity in youth. Her research on community-based participatory approaches to curving the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in teens, funded by the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), was recently published in PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement.

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Laureen is available for phone interviews. You may reach her at her office, 614-292-4578 or on her cell phone at 614-551-8097.

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