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ERIC Number: EJ905165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
The Urban Nutrition Initiative: Bringing Academically-Based Community Service to the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology
Johnston, Francis E.; Harkavy, Ira; Barg, Frances; Gerber, Danny; Rulf, Jennifer
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v10 n3 p100-106 Sum 2004
The Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) is a University of Pennsylvania/West Philadelphia schools academically-based community service program that integrates academics, research, and service through service-learning and participatory action research. UNI is based academically within Penn's Department of Anthropology and administratively within the Center for Community Partnerships. University and school student learning is based upon problem-solving, with theory and methods utilized from across the disciplines. As active learners, students generate knowledge through engagement with the community, which can then be applied as appropriate to other situations. UNI focuses on nutrition-related diseases, including obesity, that constitute an epidemic in the United States, especially among disadvantaged minorities, and contribute to prevalent health disparities. Student research has demonstrated UNI has positive impacts on schoolchildren's diets and Penn students' educational experiences. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure, and 1 note.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania; United States