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

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