Diane Whaley, Amy Boitnott and Mark DeBoer presented their findings from a community intervention, “SALUD: Teaching Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Skills to Latino Families”
In monthly sessions, children of Southwood, a largely Latino community, get a QuickStart Nerf tennis workout and nutritional instruction; while parents participate in a parental counseling session focused on teaching their children healthy choices. Afterward they all share in a healthy dinner.
The three researchers had not met prior to this collaboration to offer healthy lifestyle lessons and obesity prevention to local families.
“This is a wonderful example of what we want Youth-Nex to do, which is cross-disciplinary, people bringing their skills together, applied research in the community…it’s full of possibilities…” said Patrick Tolan Director of Youth-Nex at the talk.
Diane Whaley teaches at the Curry School of Education, Mark DeBoer is a doctor at the Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics and Amy Boitnott teaches at the School of Nursing.
The work was funded by Youth-Nex.