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FRUVED is a USDA-funded project designed to decrease obesity in older adolescents through behavioral intervention and environmental support.

Introduction

College is a transformative time for young adults and offers a promising opportunity for establishing healthy lifestyle behaviors. Get Fruved is a collaboration between students and researchers at 8 universities, all working together with the fundamental goal of changing the world for the better. Get Fruved (FRUits and VEgetables) was developed using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach, meaning that students were equal partners with researchers. 

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Aims

Student researchers designed and implemented the entire Get Fruved study on their own college campus using an interactive, peer-led, social marketing environmental intervention to aid older adolescents in effectively managing weight through three targeted areas:

Design

Get FRUVED is a multisite study that uses a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), peer-led approach. At each stage, the intervention will be developed by a mentor group slightly older than the target population. This approach is used to:

  • Increase likelihood that the project will be well-received, applicable, and sustainable within target communities
  • Increase “buy in” and participant enthusiasm by increasing the “cool factor”

FRUVED follows a nested cohort design using a control-treatment, pre-test, post-test trial and assessments include physical measurements (height, weight, waist circumference, and blood pressure), online questionnaires, and physical activity measured with accelerometers.

group photo of WVU FRUVED students

FRUVED is a large-scale, multi-faceted project offering students many opportunities to get involved. Take a look at all of the cool sub-projects you could be a part of!

  • Physical activity
  • Transportation (includes biking and walking)
  • Healthy body image/eating disorder prevention
  • Gardening
  • Dining services & campus food access
  • Cooking programs
  • Green-eating, sustainable food systems, and local foods
  • Environmental assessments and interventions
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies
  • Facial recognition software and body composition
  • Metabolomics
  • RE-AIM dissemination
  • Sleep assessment and intervention
  • Effective recruitment strategies
  • Health disparities
  • Minority and diversity studies
  • 4-H programming and youth behavior change 

Outcomes, Impact, & Future Work

The Fruved intervention was run on each campus for two years and has become a student organization. Moving forward, Fruved will be disseminated as a health promotion intervention in over 90 higher education institutions and 6 high schools within the United States.

The great things about Fruved is the opportunity to "pay it forward!" Fruved was designed as a multiphase project, starting with interventions targeting college freshman. All participants who were involved as freshman have the opportunity to keep working with the project as a student researcher in their sophomore year. The program is now in expanding into more colleges using a Randomized Control Trial Design (45 intervention and 45 control sites) and 6 high schools. 

Learn more about peer mentor and social marketer recruiting in West Virginia.

Acknowledgements

Get FRUVED is a partnership between students and researchers at eight different universities, all working together with the fundamental goal of changing the world for the better. From what we eat, to how active we are, to how we manage our stress, FRUVED is about living a happy, healthy life. Involved in this project, we have 8 total universities from across the country, well over 40 PhD researchers, and over 1000 students working together to assess their world and create ways to make it healthier. 

Get Fruved: A Nationwide Movement

The Healthy Campus Research Consortium (HCRC) is a multi-state USDA research team entrusted with applying behavioral theoretical models to the design of practical intervention strategies promoting healthy behavioral patterns and environments among young adults. Learn more about HCRC.

This work was supported by a research grant (#2014-67001-21851) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Publications, Posters, & Presentations

Barr ML, White JA, Famodu OA, Olfert MD. Get Fruved: Behavioral and Environmental Health Initiative in West Virginia. Clinical Translational Science Institute Health Disparity and STEM Meeting. Presentation conducted from Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Morgantown, WV. Nov. 19, 2014.

Barr M, White J, Famodu O, Olfert M. Recruiting in WVfor a Peer-led, Social Marketing Campaign That Promotes Health on CollegeCampuses: Get Fruved WV. Van Liere Research Symposium Morgantown, WV. February2015.

Get Fruved and other National Collegiate 4-H Initiatives. National Collegiate 4-H Conference, Gainesville, FL. March 12-15, 2015. (Presentation and representation by 10 WVU graduate and undergraduate students)

Barr ML, White JA, Famodu OA, Olfert MD. ‘Get Fruved’: Recruitment and Training in West Virginia for a Peer-led, Social Marketing Campaign Aimed at Increasing Healthier Lifestyles on College Campuses. Davis College Research and Creativity Expo. Presentation conducted from Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Morgantown, WV. April 7, 2015.

Get Fruved WVU Intervention Presentations (4). Fruved Summit. Knoxville, TN. April 17-19, 2015. (Presentations delivered by 25 WVU undergraduate students, 2 graduate students).

Get Fruved Overview Panel Presentation. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Annual Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA July 10, 2015.

Barr ML, White JA, Famodu OA, Olfert MD. ‘Get Fruved’ Healthy Campus Environmental Audit: Evaluating the Healthfulness of the Built and Food Environments on College Campuses. Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN). Charleston, WV. October 14-16, 2015. (Travel award $200)

Barr ML, White JA, Famodu OA, Olfert MD. ‘Get Fruved’: Overview, recruitment and training in West Virginia for a peer-led, social marketing campaign aimed at increasing healthier lifestyles on college campuses. Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN). Charleston, WV. October 14-16, 2015. (Travel award $200)

Morris AA,Barr ML, Famodu OA, Olfert MD. Thematic Analysis of Feedback from Student Researchers conducting a Healthy Campus Environmental Audit. Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC), Charleston, WV, Feb. 25, 2016.

Bowyer D, Barr ML, Olfert MD. Identifying Effectiveness of Twitter at West Virginia University when Targeting a Large Audience. Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol (URDC), Charleston, WV, Feb. 25, 2016.

Olfert MD, Barr ML, Zhou W, Riggsbee K, Mathews AEW, Vilaro M, Kattelmann K, Hanson A, Spurgeon S, Morrell JS, Franzen-Castle L, Byrd-Bredbenner C, White A, Horacek T, Kidd T, Brown O, Colby SE. Sleep and Stress Level of College Students Developing a Health Promotion Intervention: Get Fruved Study. Experimental Biology (EB), American Society of Nutrition (ASN), San Diego, CA. April 2-6, 2016.

Barr ML, Olfert MD, Zhou W, Riggsbee K, Mathews AEW, Vilaro M, Kattelmann KK, Hanson A, White A, Horacek T, Kidd T, Brown O, Colby SE. Recruitment Strategies Implemented Across a Four-State Lifestyle Intervention: Get Fruved Study. Experimental Biology (EB), American Society of Nutrition (ASN), San Diego, CA. April 2-6, 2016.

Barr ML, Olfert MD, Zhou W, Riggsbee K, Mathews AEW, Vilaro M, Kattelmann KK, Leischner K, Crouter S, Morrell JS, Thompson D, White A, Horacek T, Kidd T, Brown O, Colby SE. Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Physical Activity in Young Adults: Get Fruved Study. Experimental Biology (EB), American Society of Nutrition (ASN), San Diego, CA. April 2-6, 2016.

Colby S, Zhou W, Yan W, Dahlman S, Olfert M, Barr M , Kattelmann K, Creager K, Mathews A,Vilaro A, Brown O, Kidd T, Horacek T, White A. Peer Mentoring to Prevent Obesity in First Year College Students: Get Fruved Study. Experimental Biology (EB), American Society of Nutrition (ASN), San Diego, CA. April 2-6, 2016.

Riggsbee K, Colby SE, Sowers MF, Olfert MD, Barr ML, Kattelmann KK, Kidd T, Horacek T, Brown O, White AA. Social Media and Dietary Patterns Among College Students. SNEB Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. July 30, 2016.

Sowers, MF, Colby SE, Yan W, Zhou W, Olfert MD, Barr ML, Mathew A, Vilaro M, Kattelmann KK, Leischner K, Kidd T, Brown O, Horacek T, White A, Williams J, A Comparison of Peer Mentors’ and Mentees’ Health Behaviors: Get Fruved Study. SNEB Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. July 30, 2016.   

Hanson A, Kattelmann K, Mathews A, Olfert MD, Barr M, Brown O, Horacek T, Kidd T, White A, Violette G, Colby S. An Evaluation of the Relationship between College Students’ Cooking Skills, Frequency, and Self-Efficacy and Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Body Mass Index: GetFRUVED Study. SNEB Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. July 30, 2016.

Barr ML, Olfert MD, Mathews A, Riggsbee K, Leischner K, Kattelmann KK, Colby S. Intervention Planning and Baseline Characteristics of College Students Trained to Implement Wellness on Campus: GetFRUVED Study. SNEB Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. July 30, 2016

Famodu OA, Olfert MD, Holaskova I, Barr ML , Zhou W, Morrell J, Colby SE. Shortening Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index Survey Using Factor Analysis. SNEB Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. July 30, 2016.

Barr ML, Mathews A, Kattelmann K, Colby S, Olfert M. West Virginia University Health Promotion Program: GetFruved. WV Rural Health Conference, Logan, WV. October 19, 2016.

Morris AM, Barr ML, Famodu OA, Colby SE, Zhou W, Hagedorn RL, Riggsbee, Olfert MD. Wellness Characteristics of College Freshmen at West Virginia University.  Van Liere Research Symposium Morgantown, WV. February 2017.

Barr ML, Beller EL, Colby SE, Morrell J, Kidd T, Riggsbee K, Olfert MD. Young adults physical activity behavior and chronic disease prevention knowledge across Appalachia. Experimental Biology FASEB – American Society of Nutrition Annual Meeting, Abstract #7991. Chicago, Illinois. April 22-26. 2017.

Barr ML, Famodu OA, Gou G, Colby SE, Olfert MD. Facial Imagery BMI Algorithm correlates with Normal and Overweight Measured BMI. Experimental Biology FASEB – American Society of Nutrition Annual Meeting, Abstract #7895. Chicago, Illinois. April 22-26. 2017.

Wattick RA, Barr ML, Hagedorn RL, Shelnutt K, Mathews A, Colby SE, Olfert MD. Food Security and Substance Use of College Freshmen.  WVU Undergraduate Research Day. Morgantown, WV. April 2017.

Morris AM, Barr ML, Famodu OA, Colby SE, Zhou W, Hagedorn RL, Riggsbee, Olfert MD. Wellness Characteristics of College Freshmen at West Virginia University.  Experimental Biology. Chicago, IL. April 2017.

Would you like to get involved in the Fruved Project here at WVU? If you are interested in being a peer mentor, becoming a social marketer or mascot, or just want to get more involved in research, email Makenzie Barr at  getfruvedwv@gmail.com!

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