Research Talk: Long Beach Collaborative Outcomes
The first Brown Bag Research Talk of the Fall 2021 semester took place virtually on Thursday, Sep. 16, 2021 from 12 pm – 1 pm. It featured Dr. Melawhy Garcia presenting Outcome of the Long Beach Collaborative Community Based Obesity Prevention Project. Brown Bag Research Talks will be hosted periodically this semester by the Center and will feature the research of Latinx faculty and CSULB faculty conducting research on Latinx health and health disparities, as well as of other underserved communities. No RSVP is required for these events. One CHES credit available for attending the talk.
Outcome of the Long Beach Collaborative Community Based Obesity Prevention Project
Obesity disproportionately affects Latino children. A family-based approach allows parents and their children to practice healthy lifestyle behaviors together. The Long Beach Collaborative Familias Saludables quasi-experimental study to reduce obesity among Latino children 5-12 years old was implemented in Los Angeles County in collaboration with TCC Family Health, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, the CSULB Statistical Consulting Group.
This presentation will share the results of this 3-year study which concluded during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study’s findings reinforce family-based culturally tailored healthy lifestyle programs, that focus on diet and physical activity, as a promising community health approach in helping prevent overweight and obesity among Latino children in urban communities.