3153.0 Obesity Prevention in Latino Communities

Monday, October 27, 2008: 10:30 AM
The obesity epidemic affects minorities disproportionably, with Hispanics having the highest incidence for adolescents and toddlers. Psychosocial and language barriers, low SES, and inadequate nutritional knowledge make this group more vulnerable and increase their health risks. The importance of promoting healthy habits among Latinos necessitates a clearer understanding of nutritional choices and consumption patterns based on their cultural habits. Health education efforts must be based on direct knowledge of the belief systems and cultural frameworks of the targeted populations. Health care providers must be prepared to adjust educational approaches to the cultural background of the clients. Environmental barriers to healthy behaviors must be addressed for long-term success.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe aspects of focus group methodology and the integration of focus group findings into program planning. 2. Discuss at least three barriers to establishing health promotion programs within Latino communities to treat and prevent childhood obesity in Latino populations.
Mario Browne, MPH, CHES

10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
Formative research in a multi-cultural public health environment to engage African American women and Latinas in achieving a healthy weight
Eleanor Long, MSPH, Sharen Anthony, MFCC RD, Deebra Smith, MPH (6/08), Tania Villalobos, MPH (6/08), Yamin Aung, MPH (6/08), Cynthia Harding, MPH and Deborah Glik, ScD

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Community Health Workers SPIG, Food and Nutrition, Latino Caucus, Public Health Nursing, Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing