My research interests lie at the intersection of nutrition, physical activity, and health promotion with a specific focus on health disparities. I was initially drawn to this field through my early studies in muscle physiology and more recently through obesity and chronic disease prevention research which has spanned basic science to community-based work. Current research studies include how nutrition, physical activity, and fitness impact health outcomes including cardiometabolic risk, cognitive health and stress among underserved youth. Recent funding by NIH and the Department of Health and Human Services will further expand some of this work to examine how programming at schools that also engages the home environment can improve health behaviors among disadvantaged youth. I continue to be interested in pursuing projects that involve policies and programs that promote optimal nutrition, physical activity, and physiological health and well-being across the lifespan.