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Meg Bruening

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Assistant Professor, Nutrition
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3020
Assistant Professor, Nutrition
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography
Meg Bruening, PhD, MPH, RD
Assistant Professor Research Interests

Public health nutrition promotion and obesity prevention targeted to underserved, vulnerable youth and families. Major topics include: 

      • Food insecurity risk and resiliency factors
      • Social epidemiology/socio-einvrionmental influences of eating behaviors including the role of friendship networks/social support for healthy eating
      • Developing and evaluating public health nutrition interventions, including school- and community-based programs
 Education
          • PhD - Nutritional Sciences, Public Health empahsis; Minor, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
          • MPH - Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
          • Pre-doctoral Fellow - Interdisciplinary Adolescent Health Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2008-2012
          • BS - Nutritional Sciences; Minor, International Agriculture, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2003
          • RD - Registered Dietitian, 2003 
Recent Publications
      • Fuglestad P, Bruening M, Graham D, Eisenberg M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Associations of eating-related attitudinal balance with psychological well-being and eating behaviors. In press. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

      • Sirard J, Bruening M, Kim S, Wall M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Adolescent physical activity and sedentary behavior associated with nominated friends’ behaviors. American Journal of Preventative Medicine. 2013; 44 (1): 48–55.

      • Eisenberg M, Wall M, Shim J, Bruening M, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Disordered eating behaviors among friends: an analysis using data from nominated friends. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 75(12):2242-2249.

      • Bruening M, Eisenberg M, MacLehose R, Nanney M, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. The relationship between adolescents’ and their friends’ eating behaviors - breakfast consumption, fruit, and vegetable intake.Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012; 112 (10): 1608-1613.

      • Bruening M., MacLehose R., Loth K., Story M., Neumark-Sztainer D. Feeding a family in a recession: Food insecurity among Minnesota parents. American Journal of Public Health. 2012; 102(3):520-526.
      • Batada A., Bruening M., Marchlewicz E., Story M., Wootan M. Poor nutrition on the menu: Children's meals at America's top chain restaurants. Childhood Obesity. 2012; 8(3): 251-254.
      • Bruening M., Larson N., Neumark-Sztainer D., Story M. Predictors of adolescent breakfast consumption: Longitudinal findings from Project EAT. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2011; 43(5): 390-395.
      • Bruening M., Kubik M., Kenyon D., Davey C., Story M. Perceived barriers mediate the association between self-efficacy and fruit and vegetable intake among alternative high school students. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010; 110(10):1542-1546.
 
Research Interests

Public health nutrition promotion and obesity prevention targeted to underserved, vulnerable youth and families. Major topics include: 

  • Food insecurity risk and resiliency factors
  • Social epidemiology/socio-einvrionmental influences of eating behaviors including the role of friendship networks/social support for healthy eating
  • Developing and evaluating public health nutrition interventions, including school- and community-based programs

 

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 499Individualized Instruction
NTR 500Research Methods
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 448Community Nutrition
NTR 548Advanced Community Nutrition
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 448Community Nutrition
NTR 548Advanced Community Nutrition
NTR 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 448Community Nutrition
NTR 548Advanced Community Nutrition
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 448Community Nutrition
NTR 548Advanced Community Nutrition
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 450Nutrition in the Life Cycle I
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 450Nutrition in the Life Cycle I