Dr. Sceppa’s program of research addresses three main areas of aging and health promotion. These include: (1) assessing the efficacy of nutrition and physical activity/exercise interventions on chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes; (2) translating evidence based lifestyle interventions into ‘real world’ settings; and (3) developing sustainable strategies to promote health and reduce the burden of chronic diseases.
Dr. Sceppa’s translational research contributes to our understanding of the role of exercise, physical activity, and healthy foods to counteract physical and psychosocial stressors associated with the onset of chronic conditions and disability in older adults (including the spectrum from acquisition of risk factors and pathology, impairment and functional limitations, to disease, disability, and poor quality of life). Dr. Sceppa’s multidisciplinary research helps develop, evaluate and disseminate effective lifestyle health promotion interventions that contribute to managing and promoting the health of underserved communities and populations. Dr. Sceppa is an active member of the American Society for Nutrition, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American College of Sports Medicine.