Kagawa Nutrition University
Yukari Takemi, R.D., Ph.D.
Nutrition Ecology
Outline of Research Activities

The main themes in Dr. Takemi’s research concern the development and evaluation of community-based nutrition education and promotion programs, with a particular focus on creating supportive and healthful food environments.
Dr. Takemi has been the principal investigator on a quasi-experimental intervention trial of the integrated program of nutrition education and creating a healthier food environment in Setagaya Ward in Tokyo. The main targets of the educational program were school children and their parents. Community residents, including shop owners near schools, were also involved in the program to support their learning activities. Significant changes in children’s dietary behavior and food consumption were observed after the intervention.
Dr. Takemi is also the principal investigator in several intervention trials of nutrition education programs using the Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top as a primary educational material. The Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top was developed as a tool for the population approach by the MHLW and MAFF in 2005. Dr. Takemi has also served as a member of the National Development Committee.

Recent Publications

Takamura, M, Okubo H, Sasaki S, and Takemi Y: Association between fruit availability at home and fruit-related eating behavior among sixth-grade schoolchildren in Sakado City, Japan. Jpn J Public Health. 2010; 57(3): 175-183 .(in Japanese)

Tamaura Y, Akamatsu R, and Takemi Y: Development of coping-strategy scales for temptations experienced during weight control. Jpn J Nutr Diet, 2010; 68(2): 87-94. .(in Japanese)

Katori T, Okubo H, Takemi Y. et al: Recognition of the appropriate volume of a single meal, dietary behavior change, and weight control among male workers. J Jpn.Health Promot Educ. 2009; 17: 160-174 ( in Japanese)

Sawada K, Takemi Y. Murayama N et al: Development and evaluation of a worksite-based nutrition education program integrated with food environmental intervention applying the Transtheoretical Model. J Jpn.Health Promot Educ. 2009 17: 54-70 ( in Japanese)

Nakanishi A, Okubo H, Takamura M, Takemi Y. et al.: Number of servings per dish eaten by 5th grade children: Implications for better use of the Japanese food guide spinning top among school children. Jpn J Nutr Diet, 2009; 67(3): 128-140. .(in Japanese)

Shimada, M. Kobayashi, Y. Sakaguchi, Y. Okada, K. Murayama, N. Sasaki, S. and Takemi, Y.: Improvement of food choices among sixth-grade elementary school children before and after nutrition education program using a buffet-style school lunch with “the Lunch Box Diet Method.”. J Jpn.Health Promot Educ. 2008; 16(3):94-109

Takemi, Y.: Contributions of dietitians and registered dietitians for the world’s longest active life expectancy, J Jpn Diet Assoc. 2008; 51(7): 696-703.

Takemi, Y.: Network for health promoting schools – Linkage of community, school, and family, Jpn J School Health, 2008; 49(6): 405-407. (in Japanese)

Takemi, Y.: The Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top: its contents and how to use, Vascular Medicine, 2008; 4(3): 249-252. .(in Japanese)

Akamatsu, R. and Takemi, Y: Recent trends in application of the transtheoretical model to nutrition education. J Jpn.Health Promot Educ, 2007; 15(1): 3-18. .(in Japanese)

Yoshiike,N. Hayashi, F. Takemi, Y. Mizoguchi, K. and Seino, F: A new food guide in Japan: The Japanese Food Guide Spinning Top. Nutrition Reviews, 2007; 65(4): 149-154.

Takemi, Y: Shoku-iku (Food and Nutrition) from the viewpoint of social marketing: A case of Shoku-iku for families with small children in the Coop supermarket, Current Information of Maternal & Child Health, 2007; 56: 103-108. .(in Japanese)

Nakanishi, A. Sasaki, R. and Takemi, Y.: Development of a nutrition education program for elementary school children applying the concept of media literacy, Hoken no Kagaku, 2007; 49(8): 547-554. .(in Japanese)

Takemi, Y. Murayama N. Kobayashi, Y. Sasaki S. and Okada, K.: Nutrition education and promotion collaborating with local shopping street; A case of Setagaya Healthy Kids and Town Project, Adolescentology, 2004; 22(4): 466-474. .(in Japanese)

Mizoguchi, K. Takemi, Y. and Adachi M.: Relationship between a positive perception toward work and the dietary habits of young male workers, Jpn J Nutr Diet, 2004; 62(5): 269-283. .(in Japanese)

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