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To address the disproportionate rates of obesity among Latino youth, the CSULB Center has begun implementing the Eat, Play, Go! Integrated Transdisciplinary Research, Education, and Extension Project to Prevent Latino Youth Obesity. The Eat, Play, Go! Project is 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.

The Eat, Play Go! Project has enlisted a Community Advisory Board and community members to inform the development of the project curriculum.  A total of 174 youth and their parents will be recruited to participate in the study which includes four health promotion sessions for parents and youth as well as booster sessions delivered through zoom/telephone and text messages. Eat, Play, Go! intervention activities will be implemented by a community health worker and students trained in community-engaged research.

Student Application

Application due date: May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm


Student Research Fellowship

Undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to apply for an experiential learning fellowship. A total of 12 students (6 undergraduate and 6 graduate) from the departments of Nutrition, Health Science, and Kinesiology at CSULB 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.

Student Selection Criteria

  1. Must be enrolled CSULB student during 10-month fellowship

Undergraduate Required Qualifications

  1. Declared major in Nutrition, Health Science, and Kinesiology
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA
  3. Junior or Senior standing
  4. Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral)

Graduate Required Qualifications

  1. Masters student in Nutrition, Health Science, and Kinesiology
  2. Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and oral) 

Program Activities

The Eat, Play, Go! integrative project will implement activities under three categories: Research, Education, and Extension. The following are the activities that will take place:

  1. Planning and Design Focus Groups (Extension): Various stakeholders will engage in the planning and design of the Eat, Play, Go! intervention via focus groups.
  2. Pilot Panel Focus Groups (Extension): Initial focus group participants will be invited to participate in the panel focus groups to pilot the Eat, Play, Go! intervention with feedback incorporated from the initial focus groups.
  3. Eat, Play, Go! Intervention (Extension): It is comprised of four, 2-hour weekly group sessions and two, 15-minute telephone booster sessions followed by reinforcement through weekly text messaging.
  4. Recruitment Procedures (Research and Extension): Convenience and snowball sampling will be used to recruit 174 Latino families with youth between the ages of 10-13 years
  5. Stakeholders (Extension): A group of committed stakeholders has been invited to form part of a Community Advisory Board. A Community Health Worker will inform the design and carryout the intervention alongside trained research fellows.
  6. Student Research Fellows (Education): Cohorts of paired undergraduate and graduate students will be recruited from the departments of nutrition, health science, and kinesiology at CSULB

Long-term Goals

1. Research

To evaluate the effectiveness of the Eat, Play, Go! intervention in reducing overweight and obesity among Latino youth ages 10-13 years.

2. Education

To increase the pool of qualified health and nutrition professionals to enter the workforce to prevent and address chronic conditions among Latino youth.

3. Extension

​To engage community stakeholders in the design, testing, and implementation of the Eat, Play, Go! intervention to ensure relevance to the target audience.

4. Extension

To promote healthy lifestyles among Latino youth and their families through the implementation of the Eat, Play, Go! intervention.

5. Dissemination

To disseminate the Eat, Play, Go! results and best practices to community stakeholders, researchers, and practitioners.


Dr. Melawhy Garcia

Melawhy Garcia, Ph.D., MPH
Principal Investigator / Primary Mentor
Health Science

Mayra Rascon

Mayra Rascón, MPH, PhD(c)
Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training

Patricia Trinidad, MPH

Patricia Trinidad, MPH
Project Manager
Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training

Community Health Workers (2)

EPG Fellows

2021 Fellows


andrea luna

gerson leon cruz


Andrea Luna                                                                             Gerson Leon Cruz
Graduate Fellow                                                                    Principal Investigator / Primary Mentor
Master of Public Health                                                       Health Science



2022 Fellows





Evelyn Grijalva-Martinez                                                       Joshua Sedano
Undergraduate Fellow                                                              Undergraduate Fellow
Nutrition and Dietetics                                                              Health science Community Health





Crystal Marin                                                                             Andrea Luna                                        
Master of Public Health                                                         Master of Public Health