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Center awarded new grant from USDA's NIFA called Eat, Play, Go!

Published December 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $974,584 grant to the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training to create Eat, Play, Go! Integrated Transdisciplinary Research, Education, and Extension Project to Prevent Latino Youth Obesity. The Eat, Play, Go! intervention will be a youth-focused, family-based intervention to address individual as well as parenting behaviors, and the family/home environment that may place Latino youth at increased risk for overweight and obesity. Learn more about the details of this project by visiting the Eat, Play, Go! webpage here.

The CSULB Center will implement the Eat, Play, Go! Integrated Transdisciplinary Research, Education, and Extension Project to Prevent Latino Youth Obesity. The Eat, Play, Go! intervention will be a youth-focused, family-based intervention to address individual as well as parenting behaviors, and the family/home environment that may place Latino youth at increased risk for overweight and obesity.

The overall goal of the Eat, Play, Go! project is to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Latino youth ages 10-13 years by developing and implementing an innovative program to improve eating patterns and healthy lifestyles. The project goals will be carried out by implementing a culturally tailored curriculum for Latino youth based on prior research and the Social Cognitive Theory. Eat, Play, Go! will be implemented by community health workers and students trained in community-engaged research. 

Undergraduate and graduate students will receive an experiential learning fellowship. A total of 12 CSULB students (6 undergraduate and 6 graduate) from the departments of family and consumer science, health science, and kinesiology will be trained in community-engaged research. Orientation and training will be provided to selected research fellows to understand the contexts wherein nutrition and health related decisions and behaviors occur; followed by experiential, hands-on learning via community-engaged research with faculty and staff.

For more information about the project, contact the CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training at (562) 985-5312 or CSULB-LatinoCenter@csulb.edu