Faculty-Student Duo Examines Behavioral Health Nutrition Among Latinos

Faculty-student duo
Dr. Julio Guerrero and Jennifer Moore

Assistant professor Julio Guerrero, Ph.D., and senior Health Studies major Jennifer Moore recently presented their findings on behavioral health nutrition among Latinos during the 2015 Texas Society for Public Health Education Conference.

“This study shows that less acculturated Latinos are less likely to engage in health behaviors, and are therefore at increased risk for several chronic diseases.”

Behavioral health nutrition among Latinos

Are Less Acculturated Mexican-Americans Meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Fruits and Vegetables?

In their study titled  ‘Are Less Acculturated Mexican-Americans Meeting the Dietary Guidelines for Fruits and Vegetables?’, the faculty-student duo examines the relationship between acculturation and fruits and vegetables consumption among Mexican-Americans. Dr. Guerrero explains, “Part of our objective was to describe how the cultural characteristics of Latinos may impact their health status and explain the study’s implications for future studies and development of preventive strategies. This study shows that less acculturated Latinos are less likely to engage in health behaviors, and are therefore at increased risk for several chronic diseases”

Dr. Julio Guerrero focuses on Latino health disparities with an emphasis on diabetes prevention among Mexican-Americans, Mexican immigrants, and Spanish-speaking communities.  Jennifer Moore is a senior Health Studies major at Texas Woman’s University who is preparing for a career as a Public Health Educator. You can read more about the faculty-student duo and their research abstract on the TWU Health Studies student blog.

Editorial Picture: iStock/Aldo Murillo

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