Section of Nutrition | The Children's Eating Lab

Susan L. Johnson, PhD, PI


The Children’s Eating Laboratory conducts laboratory studies which focus on the factors that influence the development of children's eating behaviors and growth.  Most studies conducted at the CEL focus on families with children birth to five years of age.

The CEL also conducts nutrition and physical activity interventions that take place in rural communities, often through Head Start, and which focus on families from diverse backgrounds.  The aim of these interventions is to assist families and child care programs to build optimal environments to support young children’s development of healthy eating and activity behaviors.

Current Studies Include:


1st Foods Study

Infant-led Feeding Study (Coming soon!)

The eHEROs Project

Spoonfuls of Nutrition Study

Healthy Starts Flyer 2024


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