Volume 1 Issue 2

Volume 1 Issue 2

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Research Article

Parents’ BMI and Weight Perception are Associated with Overweight and Obesity among Children in Michigan Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Families

Won O Song, Ph.D*, SuJin Song, Ph.D, Andie Gonzalez, M.P.H, Dayeon Shin, M.S, Violeta Nieves, B.S

Children from Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) families are vulnerable to obesity, but little is known about the risk factors of obesity in this population. We examined the risk factors of overweight/obesity among Michigan MSFW’s children. Participants were recruited from five Telamon’s Michigan Migrant Head Start (MMHS) centers between July and August 2013. A total of 76 families who had at least one child enrolled in the MMHS completed the survey in English or Spanish. An online survey questionnaire was used for collection of data on parent’s sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, nutrition knowledge level, and perception on weight status, and food security status of household.

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Research Article

Identifying, Training, and Monitoring Community Health Workers in A Community- Based Diabetes Prevention Study

Joyce M. Sydell MEd, RD, LDN, Donna Kernodle MPH, RD, LDN, CDE , Caroline S. Blackwell BS*, Mara Z. Vitolins DrPH, MPH, RD

The Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) study is designed to translate the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) lifestyle intervention into a community-based setting using trained community health workers (CHWs) promoting lifestyle change.Registered dietitians were responsible for training, continuing education, and supervision of the CHWs who were recruited from the patient population of the Diabetes Care Center of Wake Forest Baptist Health. 10 CHWs were recruited and trained and 8 of these led at least one two-year intervention group.CHW training included training in group facilitation, use of a peer mentoring model, and continuing evaluation and education.

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