Joanne Harrell’s HEALTHY Study Reports Outcomes

For most of her career in nursing research, Joanne Harrell, professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, has studied the impact of exercise and nutrition on early-onset childhood type 2 diabetes. For the past three years, Harrell led a team of investigators who studied North Carolina school children to determine whether changes in school food services, physical exertion/physical education, and health education would lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Harrell,who co-authored the study, presented her findings at the 70th annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Fla. Study results also appear online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Listen to an audio interview with Harrell

National Institutes of Health news release

See UNC News story about how the study focused on a school-based intervention that lowered obesity rate in youth who are at high risk for diabetes.