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Nutritional Sciences at Penn State examines how humans gain energy from food and how nutrition choices affect our health over time.
Solidly rooted in chemistry, biology, physiology, psychology, neuroscience, behavior, and development, our body of work covers the effects of nutrition at all levels, from the molecule to the organism, to the population at large. Our programs aim to nurture a new generation of leaders in bench and behavioral sciences who will push the limits of our understanding of nutrition as it relates to human health.
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Research Spotlight
Children in sub-Saharan Africa face undernutrition due to a lack of dietary diversity

A team of Penn State researchers found less than a quarter of infants and toddlers in three sub-Saharan African countries are receiving proper nutrition.