The Health Behavior Laboratory at Colorado State University is focused on examining nutrition and physical activity behaviors and environments in early childhood. Dr. Bellows interests include the development of community-based programs and interventions to address childhood obesity, with a focus on health disparities (limited resources, Hispanic, and rural audiences) and enhancing healthy literacy. Efforts are focused in 3 areas: Eating, Activity, and Community.
We explore how childhood behaviors around food (such as fear of trying new foods) impact child and parent behaviors related to long-term nutrition and healthy growth. We focus on the development of eating habits in young children to build healthy habits early in childhood.
We investigate the development of physical activity patterns, such as gross motor skills, in preschoolers to discover how interventions can improve physical activity habits over time. We focus on physical activity interventions that involve both parents and schools with the purpose of creating long-term change.
We work in communities, with individuals most at risk for health disparities to improve overall health outcomes in these populations. Therefore, much of our research focuses on the impact and improvement of community-centered interventions in rural Colorado communities.