Abriendo Caminos—Clearing the Path to Hispanic Health


Research has shown that people of Hispanic heritage living in the U.S. are at a heightened risk of obesity and obesity-related health threats. Therefore, a need for affordable, practical interventions exists. This project, which is based on the Abriendo Caminos pilot study that was funded by the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program, seeks to develop an effective, low-cost obesity prevention program (available in both Spanish and English) that can be disseminated by educators and community agencies across the U.S. Ultimately, the project’s six-week community-based program will significantly increase basic knowledge of nutrition and dietary health with the immediate beneficiaries being Hispanic-heritage children ages 6- to 18-years-old.

Downloadable Overview

Abriendo Caminos Overview PDF


Abriendo Caminos Workshop Invitation, March 2017


Abriendo Caminos would like to invite you in our next workshop that will start the 10th or 17th of March from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Christopher Hall. Our program have 3 major evaluations and once a week workshops where you and your family can participate. This workshops are helping to prevent childhood obesity, promote healthy nutrition, and life-style behaviors in Latin families from Mexico and Puerto Rico. The first evaluation in in March 10th. Families will participate in a lottery to select families in two different groups; the Green one and the Yellow one. For attending to the 3 major evaluations every family will receive $85.00 for participation. Families that participate in the second group or “Yellow group” will receive an extra $10.00 for participating in the two hours, weekly workshops. Please click here for more information.


Abriendo Caminos les invita a participar en nuestro programa que empieza el 10 ó 17 de Marzo de 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm En Christopher Hall. Nuestro programa cuenta con 3 evaluaciones y diferentes talleres en que usted puede participar. Los talleres están enfocados en prevenir y tratar la obesidad infantil y promueve sanos comportamientos nutricionales y estilo de vida entre familias hispanas de México y Puerto Rico. La primera evaluación es el 10 de Marzo. Se efectuará un sorteo y se definirá que familias se quedan en el grupo verde ó en el grupo amarillo. Por atender a las 3 evaluaciones se les compensará su tiempo con $85 dólares y a los que participen en el grupo amarillo obtendrán $10 dólares más por atender a cada taller de dos horas, una vez a la semana. Por favor haz click aquí para obtener más información.

Research Team

  • Margarita Teran-Garcia, PhD, Program Director, MD, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Angela Wiley, PhD, Program Co-Director, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Barbara Fiese, PhD, Family Resiliency Center Director, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Amber Hammons; PhD; Assistant Professor; Child, Family and Consumer Sciences; California State University, Fresno
  • Maria Plaza-Delestre; PhD; Assistant Professor, Food Science and Technology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
  • Nancy Correa-Matos, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Puerto Rico
  • Kimberly Greder, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University
  • Michelle Cruz-Santiago, PhD, Project Coordinator, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Bridget Hannon, Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Elizabeth Villegas, Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies


This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-68001-23248.


Dr. Michelle Cruz-Santiago
Project Coordinator
Phone: 217-300-0755
Email: cruz3@illinois.edu