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DASH-Plus (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – Plus)

Effects of an Integrated System Approach on Hypertension Management in Community Dwelling Older Adults 

With the aging of the population, the health status of older adults has drawn a great deal of attention from health professionals since their health and nutrition status can significantly impact the U.S. health care systems and social services. Among major chronic diseases, elevated blood pressure represents a primary risk factor for cardiovascular complications and cognitive decline, and loss of autonomy later in life.

Dr. Hee-Jung Song is the associate professor in Nutrition and Food Science and UMD Extension (UME) specialist leading this grant.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Meal Service Training Project

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is among the federally funded Child Nutrition Programs administered by the Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs (OSCNP) at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).  Approximately 400 Maryland sponsors of multi-site child care centers and adult day care centers currently participate in CACFP, providing nutritionally balanced meals that  contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the  health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

Dr. Hee-Jung Song is the associate professor in Nutrition and Food Science and UMD Extension (UME) specialist leading this grant.

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Preventive Controls for Human Food

Dr. Rohan Tikekar teaches a course developed by FSPCA  to train food processors in becoming 'Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals' or PCQI. He typically offers this course twice a year either virtually or in-person. If you would like to enroll in the course and would like to know more about this course, please email him directly at

More information about this regulation can be found here:

Technical assistance to small and medium scale food processors

Please reach out to Dr. Rohan Tikekar if you have questions regarding nutrition label, product development and other technical questions related to your product.

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