Nutrition Student Receives Grant to Study If Variation in Diet Yields Less Body Fat

Maya Vadiveloo, a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, has been awarded an American Heart Association (AHA) FDA Summer 2011 Predoctoral Fellowship.

The $44,000 AHA award is for a project titled, Associations Between Dietary Variety and Body Adiposity Using a Novel Scoring Method. Under the supervision of Niyati Parekh, an assistant professor and nutritional epidemiologist at NYU Steinhardt, Vadiveloo will design and test a new dietary variety scoring method that seeks to measure the healthfulness of diet, as well as the relationship between dietary variety and body fat in adults.

(Photo: Maya Vadiveloo.)