Preventing Diabetes in Hispanic Communities: Improving Eating Behavior Through a Nutrition Education Program to Prevent Diabetes in Hispanic Communities

Project Overview

Hispanic and Latino populations are not only one of the populations most severely affected by obesity, but they are also at higher risk for diabetes, a closely related disease. ¡Salud! Comiendo en Familia is a culturally sensitive, theory-based nutrition education intervention tailored to improve eating behavior in Hispanic and Latino families, particularly in those with young children. Consisting of six weekly sessions taught in Spanish, this program was developed based on the lessons learned from a previous study Comiendo con Diabetes, and on the current model of nutrition education from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The program focuses not only on the information but also the tools and environment necessary for participants to take action towards a healthier eating behavior. Skill-building activities, emotion-based messages, and goal setting are some of the key components of the sessions. Short-term outcomes include knowledge and skill development; medium term outcomes include self-efficacy, outcomes expectancies and healthy eating; long-term outputs include achieving or maintaining a healthy weight to decrease the risk for diabetes or achieve better control of blood glucose for those who have diabetes.

Research Team


This project was funded by the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program.


Karen Chapman-Novakofski
Principal Investigator
Phone: 217-265-0925