The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has provided funding to initiate a post-doctoral fellowship program at UC Berkeley, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Fellowship, in the field of environmental and policy solutions for the prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
To reduce the incidence of hip fractures among Latinas in central and east Contra Costa County, the Core Collaborating Team developed ¿Pueden Escucharme Ahora?, an intervention plan of action with effective strategies for motivating Latinas to follow through on recommendations to protect themselves from bone loss, osteoporosis and needlessly debilitating fractures.
The California Plate & Childhood Obesity Prevention project adapted, tested and evaluated a new nutrition education method, the California Plate Method, designed to produce dietary changes known to reduce the likelihood of pediatric obesity.
Food habits are considered to be behavior that does not change quickly as immigrants acculturate. The food environment in the U.S. can be quite different from that in the homeland of many Asian immigrants, who may be unable to retain their traditional food patterns due to cost and/or availability, and who may not have been previously exposed to aggressive food marketing.
The Center provided technical assistance for the Eat Smart. Play Hard. ™ California! program, which tackled the problem of childhood obesity by providing a supportive, educational environment for a child and an adult pair to learn about nutrition and fitness while having fun together.
The Asian Language Nutrition and Physical Activity Brochures project published a series of culturally sensitive and relevant educational materials that can help immigrant parents understand how they can adapt to a new environment and food supply in a way that will foster the health and welfare of their children.
The Center conducted a pilot study to assess the relationship of dietary intake, caregiver feeding practices, and physical activity to the timing of adiposity rebound, which has been shown to be related to risk for subsequent obesity among Mexican preschool children.
The goal of this project was to reduce osteoporosis risk in low-income women and their families, specifically to: implement the use of a bone health curriculum; evaluate its use by Food Stamp Nutrition and Education Program (FSNEP) advisors; and evaluate its effectiveness in changing knowledge, attitudes and behavior among adult FSNEP participants.
The Center assisted the ad-hoc planning committee with; the design of the Summit process/agenda; identifying potential topics and presenters; identifying potential participants in the Advisory committee, Summit event and Summit Follow -up Team; and the creation and review of materials.