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Dr. BJ Friedman

Dr. Friedman

BJ Friedman is a Professor Emerita in the Nutrition and Foods program. She earned her Bachelors degree from Illinois State University and Masters and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Friedman is also a Registered Dietitian. She completed her supervised practice at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Indiana. Medical Nutrition Therapy has been BJ’s major teaching emphasis.

She has passion for promoting the use of whole foods for treatment of disease, disease prevention, and wellness. She uses this perspective in all courses she teaches, such as medical nutrition therapy.

Dr. Friedman’s research agenda has focused on child nutrition, especially related to prevention of childhood obesity. She is co-founder of the Best Food for Families, Infants, and Toddlers program, a community focused intervention project to prevent childhood obesity. Recent Best Food FITS activities include a restaurant intervention to improve children’s menus, and projects to improve the food environments of child care centers and family homes. She is also teaming with colleagues to investigate the use of cellphone apps to improve health behaviors. She has published numerous papers and received federal, state and industry grants to conduct this research.

Dr. Friedman served as Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences from 1992-2006. She was in Budapest, Hungary as a Fulbright Scholar in the spring of 2007.

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