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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2009 file photo, U.S. soldiers stand guard near the site where Afghans, unseen, receive the food stuff donations provided by U.S. solders in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

Musadeq Sadeq

LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been awarded $6.7 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to research nutrition, metabolism and human physiology in an effort to optimize the health of men and women in the U.S. military.

The Collaborative Research to Optimize Warfighter Nutrition III project is aimed at ensuring a healthy, fit military that is ready for deployment and resilient to stress.

The project is designed to develop methods to help soldiers function effectively in battle and to minimize the adverse effects of stress on health, safety and performance. Additionally, this work may allow for better prediction of the dietary requirements of military units conducting unique and specialized missions all over the globe.

The collaborative projects focus on three primary areas: operational stress and nutritional requirements; nutrition, inflammation and resiliency; and healthy eating and behavior.