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Georgianna Tuuri

Georgianna Tuuri

Associate Professor
Ann Armstrong Peltier Professor in Dietetics

255 Knapp Hall
phone: 225-578-1722

email:gtuuri@agcenter.lsu.edu

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Examines food preferences and develops and tests nutrition and exercise interventions to promote healthy diets and active lifestyles, conducts community-based research with children and caregivers
RECENT and NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS
  1. Lakkakula A, Geaghan J, Zanovec M, Pierce S, Tuuri G. Repeated taste exposure increases liking for vegetables by low-income elementary school children. Appetite. 2010;55:226-231.
  2. Zanovec M, Wang J, West K, Tuuri G. Quantitative Ultrasound normative reference data for community-dwelling US white and black females. J Clin Densitom. 2011; 14(2):116-121.
  3. Bryan CL, Solmon MA, Zanovec M, Tuuri G. Body mass index and skinfold thickness measurements as body composition screening tools in Caucasian and African American youth. Res Q Exerc Sport. 2011;82(2):345-349
  4. Lakkakula A, Geaghan JP, Wong W, Zanovec M, Pierce S, Tuuri G. A cafeteria-based tasting program increased liking of fruits and vegetables by lower, middle, and upper elementary school-aged children. Appetite. 2011;57:299-302.
  5. Daray L, Henegan T, Zanovec M, et al. Endurance and resistance training lowers C-reactive protein in young, healthy females. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011;36:660-670.
  6. Wroten K, Reames ES, Tuuri G. Help a Friend, Help Yourself – Diabetes Awareness of Low-Income Middle School Students. J Ext. 2012;50(1):#1TIT8.
  7. Wong W, Lakkakula A, Geaghan J, Zanovec M, Pierce S, Tuuri G. A cafeteria-based tasting program improved elementary school children’s fruit preferences and self-efficacy to consume fruits and vegetables. J Food Res. 2012;1:139-147.
  8. Tuuri G, Durham HA, Matthews KL, Zanovec M. Behavioral predictors of quantitative ultrasound broadband attenuation score in young adult Caucasian women. Journal of Gazzetta Medica Italiana, 2014, 173(12):585-592.
  9. Tuuri G, Cater M, Craft B, Bailey, Miketinas D. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the Willingness to Eat Whole Grains Questionnaire: a measure of young adult’s attitudes toward consuming whole grain foods. Appetite. 2016; 105:460-467.
  10. Miketinas D, Cater M, Bailey A, Craft B, Tuuri G. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the Adolescent Motivation to Cook Questionnaire: A Self-Determination Theory instrument. Appetite. 2016; 105:527-533.
  11. McGuerty AB, Cater M, Prinyawiwatkul W, Tuuri G. Adolescent Healthful Foods Inventory: Development of an Instrument to Assess Adolescents’ Willingness to Consume Healthful Foods. Journal of Extension, August 2016, Vol 54(4), 4RIB2.
ABSTRACTS
  1. Zanovec M, Tuuri G. Association between bone quality and restrained eating, body weight, diet and physical activity in young adult Caucasian females. FASEB J. 2010;24:946.14.
  2. Lakkakula A, Wong W, Zanovec M, Pierce S, Tuuri G. Association of age, gender and weight status with willingness to taste fruits and vegetables among elementary school children. FASEB J. 2010;24:322.2.
  3. Lakkakula A, Zanovec M, Pierce S, Murphy E, Tuuri G. A school wellness program combined with repeated taste exposures increased preferences for fruits and vegetables in fourth and fifth grade children. FASEB J. 2010;24:732.3.
  4. Wong W, Lakkakula A, Zanovec M, Tuuri G. Examination of fruit and vegetable preferences of low-income public elementary school children. FASEB J. 2010;24:732.8.
  5. Daray L, Henegan T, Zanovec M, et al. An evaluation of endurance and combined endurance and resistance training on fitness and C-reactive protein. FASEB J. 2010;24:806.11.
  6. Lakkakula A, Wong M, Zanovec M, Geaghan J, Pierce S, Tuuri G. A cafeteria-based tasting program increased liking of fruits and vegetables by lower, middle and upper elementary school-age children. FASEB J. 2011;25:30.6.
  7. Wong W, Lakkakula A, Zanovec M, Geaghan J, Pierce S, Tuuri G. A cafeteria- based tasting program improved elementary school children’s preferences for fruit and self-efficacy to consume fruits and vegetables. FASEB J. 2011;25:781.9.
  8. Joyeux D, Durham H, Zanovec M, Tuuri G. Dietary intake, restrained eating, physical activity and bone health in college-aged Caucasian women. FASEB J. 2012;26:630.9.
  9. Becker C, Miketinas D, Martin CK, Zawodniak B, Durham HA, Tuuri G. Examining dietary energy density and eating occasions with the Remote Food Photography Method. FASEB J, 2013;27:621.6.
  10. McGuerty AB, Cater M, Prinyawiwatkul W, Tuuri G. Development of a food preference instrument for energy dense foods and sugar sweetened beverages. FASEB J, 2014;28:1022.2
  11. Zawodniak B, Cater M, McGuerty AB, Prinyawiwatkul W, Tuuri G. Examining middle school children’s willingness to consume energy-dense foods and sweetened beverages. FASEB J. 2014;28:808.16
  12. Miketinas D, Cater M, Zawodniak B, Roy H, Bailey A, Tuuri G. An exploratory study of high school student’s intrinsic motivation and perceived competence to cook: development of a culinary skills curriculum and survey instrument. FASEB J. 2015;29(1)S264.4.
  13. Zawodniak B, Cater M, Miketinas D, Tuuri G. Examining junior high school students’ willingness to consume foods and beverages recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. FASEB J. 2015;29(1):S731.10.
  14. Craft B, Cater M, Bailey A, Tuuri G. Whole Grain Willingness Questionnaire: Examining college students’ attitudes toward consuming whole grains through exploratory factor analysis. FASEB J. 2016:30:896.12
  15. Bailey AD, Miketinas D, Cater M, Zawodniak B, Tuuri G. Evaluating the Young Adult Motivation to Prepare Healthy Foods Questionnaire using exploratory factor analysis. FASEB J. 2016:30:676.11
  16. Miketinas D, Cater M, Craft B, Roy H, Bailey A, Tuuri G. Comparing the effectiveness of two nutrition intervention programs on adolescents’ intrinsic motivation and perceived competence to cook using the Adolescent Motivation to Cook Questionnaire. FASEB J. 2016:30:896.2
  17. Miketinas D, Cater M, Bailey A, Rhea K, Tuuri G. Evaluation of high school students’ intrinsic motivation and perceived competence to cook using the Adolescent Motivation to Cook Questionnaire. FASEB J. 2017:31:432.8
  18. Rhea K, Cater M, Charles S, York D, Tuuri G. Participation in a Summer Culinary Skill-Building Camp Increased Adolescents’ Knowledge, Motivation and Confidence to Cook and Consumption of Healthy Foods. FASEB J. 2017:31:957.4
  19. Robin M, Cater M, Miketinas D, Bailey A, Rhea K, Martin C. An Exploratory Study Examining the Impact of Participating in a Nutrition-Education and Culinary Skill-Building Program on Adolescents’ Dietary Intake Using the Remote Food Photography Method. FASEB J. 2017:31:957.1
TEACHING
  • 3116 - Public Health Nutrition
  • 4021 - Contemporary Topics in Nutrition
Professional and Notable Activities
  • Dr. Tuuri is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and is Chair-elect of the Society Nutrition Education Research Interest Group She holds membership in the American Dietetic Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Dr. Tuuri also participates in the Louisiana Council of Obesity Prevention and is a member of the Louisiana Action for Healthy Kids State Task Force.
AWARDS and HONORS
  • 2006 - Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year, Louisiana Dietetic Association
  • 2006 - Outstanding Teaching in the College of Agriculture, Tiger Athletic Foundation Award, Louisiana State University
  • 2008 - Excellence Team Award for the Serving Food Safely Program, National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
  • 2008 - BlueWorks Award for the Smart Bodies Program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
  • 2009 - Graduate Student Research Award Mentor, American Society for Nutrition
  • 2009 - Chair-Elect, Nutrition Education Research Interest Group, American Society for Nutrition, 2009-2010
GRANTS and CONTRACTS
  • Tuuri G, Murphy E, Solmon M, Roy H, Guarino A (2004-2006) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Body Walk Proposal Research Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, $164,349
  • Association of Age and Swim Distance with Body Hydration in Male Swimmers, LSU Council on Research Summer Stipend Program, $5,000, Georgianna Tuuri, 6/1/03-7/31/03
  • Tuuri G, Chen J, Kosma M, Laird R, Solmon M (2004) Development and Pilot Testing of a School Body Mass Index Report Card, LSU Council on Research Faculty Grant program, $20,471
  • Gardner R, Wood R, Tuuri G, Sasser D (2006-2007) Falls and Fracture Risk in Southeast Louisiana Seniors, LSU Council on Research Faculty Grant program, $40,000
  • Tuuri G (2007-2009) Wellness Partnership for Kids: New School Lunch Foods and Smart Bodies, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, $11,750
  • Tuuri G & Keenan M (2007-2011) Start Young to Finish Strong, USDA CREES Hatch Project
  • Tuuri G & Pierce S (2009-2011) Building Preferences for Fruits and Vegetables by Low-Income Elementary School Students, NRI, USDA-CSREES $100,000
revised: 20-Aug-2017 13:36