USC REACH LAB
The Real-Time Eating Activity and Children's Health (REACH) Lab at the University of Southern California is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and students led by Dr. Genevieve Dunton.
We seek to understand the etiology of health behaviors related to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease risk in children and adults, with particular focus on physical activity and eating. The rising rates of overweight and obesity in the United States pose serious health and economic concerns.
In order to combat these troublesome trends, it is necessary to identify potential leverage points for intervention and policy change to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors. Our work considers how policy, community, neighborhood, and school contexts can influence physical activity and diet either independently or through their impact on more proximal social and psychological factors. This work is guided by a social-ecological perspective of behavior change, which takes into account the interplay between environment, social, and individual variables.