New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
The IFNH mission is to make New Jersey the "Healthy State" ... a model for the nation.
About The Institute
The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition & Health (IFNH) underscores the commitment of Rutgers University to new transformational initiatives across the many disciplines impacting food, nutrition, and health. The IFNH draws on the strengths of the entire university as it physically co-locates and strategically aligns the diverse competencies and deep capacity of Rutgers to address society's major unmet needs.
The institute operates along a spectrum of translational activity ranging from basic research to community outreach. The breadth of its activities is reflected in the diversity of its research centers, specialized multipurpose core facilities, and enabling external partnerships. As one of its top priorities, the institute focuses on ways to stem the epidemic rise in childhood obesity and obesity-related disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. This is particularly important in New Jersey where the childhood obesity rate is among the highest in the nation. Recognizing that many adult diseases have their origins in early childhood, the institute focuses on pre-emptive nutrition and lifestyle changes that can reset health trajectories and offset the increasing costs of healthcare. In this regard, prevention rather than treatment is the strategy of the institute.