238251 Understanding landscapes of risk: Neighborhood effects on physical activity, diet, & metabolic health among Latino/a youth in the Los Angeles area

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stephanie Hsieh, ScM , Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Donna Spruijt-Metz , Institute For Prevention Research, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA
Ann C. Klassen, PhD , Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
This presentation will describe the methods for a new study on the effects of neighborhood built and social environments on metabolic risk among Latino/a youth in the Los Angeles area. This secondary data analysis will incorporate metabolic, anthropometric, behavioral, and socio-demographic data from subjects enrolled in participating studies at the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center. We will combine and layer these data onto an existing built environments database from the Childrens' Health Study. Our 3 research aims, designed to assess the impact of food environment and opportunities for physical activity on outcomes in insulin resistance and accrual of visceral fat, are 1) a cross-sectional analysis of subjects with complete baseline measures on insulin sensitivity and visceral fat, 2) mediational analysis on a sub-sample with measures for diet and/or physical activity, 3) a longitudinal analysis for subjects with at least 3 waves of insulin visceral fat measures.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
To describe methods for evaluating the effects of the neighborhood environment on metabolic risk among Latino/a youth in the Los Angeles area.

Keywords: Obesity, Environmental Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a doctoral student in Public Health, focusing on the social determinants of disease distribution, and my presentation is on the methods that will be used for my doctoral dissertation project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.