Project Description: 

Latinos face higher rates of obesity and related chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Translating evidence-based nutrition information into relevant healthy eating messages could help to reduce obesity. However, there is a need for science translation to be culturally relevant and consider the limited resources available for a target population.

Our project will translate nutritional science evidence into practical healthy eating and lifestyle recommendations in a culturally relevant manner so that it can be better understood and uptaken by Latino communities. We will use our research, cultural and language skills to: 1) conduct systematic reviews (and possibly meta-analyses), 2) translate nutritional scientific evidence into policy briefs (in English and Spanish), and 3) disseminate culturally adapted nutrition messages in social media platforms (in Spanish).

Undergraduate's Role: 

Identify relevant articles from the scientific literature, and available nutrition-related resources from national or state agencies

Synthesize search findings in well organized Excel files

Maintain the project EndNote reference library (similar to Zotero)

Prepare tables and graphs for manuscripts or policy briefs

Write (or translate) nutrition information in Spanish using cross-cultural/bicultural competence

Maintain the project social media accounts targeting the Latino population

Undergraduate's Qualifications: 

Bilingual in Spanish (required); bicultural competence (desirable)

Motivated to learn, very organized and detailed oriented

Proficient using Excel and familiar with EndNote (or willing to learn it)

Familiar with PubMed or other search engines

On Campus
3-6 hours