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Meg Bruening

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Health Promotion


 (602) 827-2266


  • PhD - Nutritional Sciences, Public Health empahsis; Minor, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
  • MPH - Nutrition, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow - Interdisciplinary Adolescent Health Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2008-2012
  • BS - Nutritional Sciences; Minor, International Agriculture, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2003
  • RD - Registered Dietitian, 2003

Research Interests

Public health nutrition promotion and obesity prevention targeted to underserved, vulnerable youth and families. Major topics include: 

  • Food insecurity risk and resiliency factors
  • Social epidemiology/socio-einvrionmental influences of eating behaviors including the role of friendship networks/social support for healthy eating
  • Developing and evaluating public health nutrition interventions, including school- and community-based programs

Research Publications

  • Fuglestad P, Bruening M, Graham D, Eisenberg M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Associations of eating-related attitudinal balance with psychological well-being and eating behaviors. In press. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
  • Sirard J, Bruening M, Kim S, Wall M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Adolescent physical activity and sedentary behavior associated with nominated friends' behaviors. American Journal of Preventative Medicine. 2013; 44 (1): 48–55.
  • Eisenberg M, Wall M, Shim J, Bruening M, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Disordered eating behaviors among friends: an analysis using data from nominated friends. Social Science & Medicine. 2012; 75(12):2242-2249.
  • Bruening M, Eisenberg M, MacLehose R, Nanney M, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. The relationship between adolescents' and their friends' eating behaviors - breakfast consumption, fruit, and vegetable intake.Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012; 112 (10): 1608-1613.
  • Bruening M., MacLehose R., Loth K., Story M., Neumark-Sztainer D. Feeding a family in a recession: Food insecurity among Minnesota parents. American Journal of Public Health. 2012; 102(3):520-526.
  • Batada A., Bruening M., Marchlewicz E., Story M., Wootan M. Poor nutrition on the menu: Children's meals at America's top chain restaurants. Childhood Obesity. 2012; 8(3): 251-254.
  • Bruening M., Larson N., Neumark-Sztainer D., Story M. Predictors of adolescent breakfast consumption: Longitudinal findings from Project EAT. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2011; 43(5): 390-395.
  • Bruening M., Kubik M., Kenyon D., Davey C., Story M. Perceived barriers mediate the association between self-efficacy and fruit and vegetable intake among alternative high school students. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2010; 110(10):1542-1546.

Research Activity