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Webinar: Promoting Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in Latino Communities

May 19, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Creating environments where healthy behaviors are socially supported and accessible is essential in preventing cancer and reducing health disparities.  In our May NCI Research to Reality cyber-seminar, we will highlight two innovative and successful interventions designed to redress these challenges in Latino communities.

Dr. Elva Arredondo will describe the Faith in Action (Fe en Acción) study designed to improve the health of Latina women in San Diego. The study aims to increase moderate to vigorous physical activity among churchgoing Latina women while evaluating the impact of the built environment on physical activity in various communities throughout San Diego.  She will conclude the presentation by discussing challenges and solutions to implementing health promotion programs in faith based organizations in Latino communities.

Dr. Guadalupe Ayala will describe an innovative social- and structural-change store-based intervention to increase availability and accessibility of fruits and vegetables in tiendas (small-to medium-sized Latino food stores) and purchasing and consumption of fruits and vegetables among tienda customers. She will conclude by presenting new measurement approaches for assessing the food environment and discussing opportunities to translate the intervention to other settings.

As always, the final part of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A and discussion. We particularly welcome you to share your own experiences and thoughts.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the research and development of Faith in Action (Fe en Acción)
  • Understand the community role and opportunities for improved nutrition in working with tiendas in Latino communities
  • Discuss lessons learned, successes, and ongoing challenges implementing health promotion programs in Latino communities