Nutrition Team

The MSU-Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative's Nutrition team works with many partners to advocate for, implement, and assess pediatric nutrition interventions to improve nutrition access, education, and consumption.

Amy Saxe-Custack
Amy Saxe-Custack, Ph.D., MPH, RDN, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at MSU, currently serves as the Nutrition Director for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. A long-time resident of Genesee County, Dr. Saxe-Custack is dedicated to the evaluation and expansion of nutrition programs that target children and families living in Flint, with a particular focus on improving access to fresh foods. Much of this work has been initiated in partnership with the Flint Farmers’ Market (FFM) and Hurley Children’s Center (HCC) to examine the impact of an innovative fruit and vegetable prescription program for pediatric patients. Through a recent grant award, Dr. Saxe-Custack will work with partners to expand both the fruit and vegetable prescription program and Flint Kids Cook.

Krista Zvoch
Krista Zvoch is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently serving as the Nutrition Research Assistant for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative. With nearly two decades of experience in both clinical and public health nutrition work in Flint, Ms. Zvoch dedicates herself to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that aim to improve access to high quality, healthy foods. Her work specifically focuses on the successful expansion of the fruit and vegetable prescription program as well as Flint Kids Cook.

The PPHI Nutrition team's projects include:

  • Increasing community-wide breastfeeding initiatives (high priority)
  • Flint Kids Cook
  • WIC co-location with Hurley Children's Center
  • Nutrition education (classes/RD)
  • Fruit and vegetable prescription program  
  • Double Up Food Bucks expansion
  • Mobile food access
  • Healthy Food for Healthy Families voucher program

Flint Kids Cook

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News

Nutrition director of PPHI receives $500,000 grant from Michigan Health Endowment Fund to encourage children in Flint to eat healthier