Nutrition and Wellness Research Opportunity

Filed under Academic & Research, Opportunities on April 15, 2013.

Are you interested in promoting nutrition and healthy behaviors in your community? The Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) and the UF College of Medicine are recruiting research assistants for the upcoming summer and fall semesters to help coordinate and lead their SWAG Oasis program.

The Southwest Advocacy Group is a local non-profit which seeks to improve living conditions, educational opportunities, and quality of life in target Alachua County neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have been officially designated by the USDA as food deserts, with little access to fruits and vegetables. The SWAG Oasis program is geared at addressing these issues of access, while also increasing motivation and education for health living. Research team members will play an active role in working with community members towards these goals. Research assistants will lead nutrition workshops, coordinate local partners and community members to provide affordable produce within the area, and encourage a healthy lifestyle through weekly walking groups. Research assistants are vital in continuing the success and maintaining the longevity of the program in the community. Opportunities will be available to become involved with the scientific aspects of the program, including data collection and analysis as well.

Prior experience working in community based programs is preferred. Research assistants will be expected to complete 10 hours each week on the project. Positions are unpaid.

Please contact Darryl Pastor at darrylp@ufl.edu if you are interested in getting involved in SWAG Oasis!