TOPRS, Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Research Sciences, is a USDA/AFRI funded project awarded to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University and California State University, Fresno. The purpose of the project is to develop a “flip-the-classroom” interdisciplinary curriculum on obesity prevention extending from cell-to-society.
This evidence-based curriculum includes over 20 modules that can be used independently or as an entire course. The video micro-lectures generally last, on average, approximately ten minutes and are designed to provide a brief overview of topics related to obesity prevention. Sample topics include epigenetics, feeding practices in the child care environment, family mealtimes, neighborhood influences, federal food policy, and culturally tailored interventions.
In addition to the micro-lectures, additional instructor material is offered that provides guidance on in-class problem-solving activities and a brief reading list for each module.