Child Nutrition Programs & School Nutrition

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

423. Health Promotion Research with Latino Children and Parents

Sunday, October 21
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Culturally relevant educational interventions are necessary to mitigate nutrition and health disparities affecting Hispanic/Latinos. This session presents a model to successfully reach Hispanic/Latinos for community nutrition research. This model incorporates community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, which have gained popularity in the last two decades to better meet the needs of the Hispanic/Latino population. Examples of community nutrition research with Hispanic/Latino families will illustrate the components to consider when planning, designing, and evaluating programs to promote healthy eating and feeding practices in this group. The session will also review the needs assessment, and will demonstrate how behavior change theory and cultural adaptation principles are key components of effective educational programs to improve eating behavior of young children and parents and feeding practices of parents with children at risk of obesity.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1040 - Cultural sensitivity
  • 3020 - Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 4020 - Community program development

Henna Muzaffar, PhD, RD

Dr. Henna Muzaffar's research focuses on obesity prevention/healthy lifestyle programs in the schools and the community. Her programs are grounded in behavioral theories, such as the Social Cognitive Theory, the Theory of Planned Behavior, the Stages of Change Model, and the Social Ecological Model. Dr. Muzaffar uses Community Based Participatory Research to establish mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the school or the community to ensure smooth delivery of the program. She plans to use innovative and technology-based evaluation measures to assess the effectiveness of her programs. Dr. Muzaffar also plans to focus her efforts on conducting needs assessment with Latino population, specifically children and their parents. She plans to use the results from the needs assessment phase to inform development of a suitable and culturally sensitive obesity prevention program for Latino children and their parents.

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Karen Chapman-Novakofski, PhD, RDN

Dr. Chapman-Novakofski is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also an Extension Specialist in Nutrition and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Dr. Chapman-Novakofski is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition education, and has specifically addressed issues related to osteoporosis and diabetes. She has authored more than 200 publications. She has received many awards for her teaching, research and outreach, including the prestigious Excellence in Nutrition Education award from the American Society for Nutrition; the Abbott Award for Women’s Health from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; and the Healthy Aging DPG’s Distinguished Service award, and most recently the Excellence in Community Nutrition award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2016).

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Karina Diaz, PhD, RD

Dr. Karina Díaz Rios is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Nutrition and the Co-Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at the University of California, Merced. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois after completing a Bachelors in Nutrition and a Masters in Medical Sciences at the University of Guanajuato in México. Dr. Díaz Rios is a registered dietitian with broad experience applying the nutrition care process, both in clinical and research settings. Her research focuses on the application of behavior change theory and cross-cultural adaptation principles to the development, adaptation, and evaluation of interventions to promote healthy eating and feeding practices in vulnerable populations. Dr. Díaz Rios is currently serving as the Associate Editor for Food and Nutrition with the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California.

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Henna Muzaffar, PhD, RD

Dr. Henna Muzaffar's research focuses on obesity prevention/healthy lifestyle programs in the schools and the community. Her programs are grounded in behavioral theories, such as the Social Cognitive Theory, the Theory of Planned Behavior, the Stages of Change Model, and the Social Ecological Model. Dr. Muzaffar uses Community Based Participatory Research to establish mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the school or the community to ensure smooth delivery of the program. She plans to use innovative and technology-based evaluation measures to assess the effectiveness of her programs. Dr. Muzaffar also plans to focus her efforts on conducting needs assessment with Latino population, specifically children and their parents. She plans to use the results from the needs assessment phase to inform development of a suitable and culturally sensitive obesity prevention program for Latino children and their parents.

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