Nobuko (Kay) Hongu, PhD, MEd, RD

Specialist, Nutritional Sciences
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-2085
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Nobuko Hongu's role as an Associate Extension Specialist is to conduct applied research and non-formal educational programs for statewide clientele. She carries out programs both on and off-campus, primarily in non-credit education formats (an essential type of extension outreach education) in my areas of expertise (nutrition, obesity prevention, and physical activity) in partnership with state and county faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Dr. Hongu makes an integration of her research interests and sustainable issues into current extension programs. She uses:

  • innovation (using mobile technology, such as GPS and smart phone)
  • integration (research and extension)
  • and collaboration (with someone whose background is not nutrition science) to answer my research questions.

Her approach has been to develop healthy lifestyle research and education based on three strategically integrated program components. They are:

  1. Nutrition and Physical Activity Education and Research
  2. Stealth Health models
  3. Innovation and Technology Development

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Selected Publications: 

Professional Information

Board Certifications & Licenses: 
Registered Dietitian, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (1996)

Academic Information

Post Doctoral: 
Vanderbilt University, Department of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
Doctorate: 
Nutritional Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Master's Degree: 
MEd, The University of Akron, Akron, OH (Specialization: Exercise Physiology, Physical and Health Education)
Undergraduate School: 
BA, Education/Physical Education: Mukogawa Women's University, Hyogo, Japan