Research seminar: May 29, 2020

Results of an Intervention Using Text Messages to Prevent Excessive Gestational Weight Gain in Hawaii WIC

May 29, 2020

Jinan Banna, PhD, RD, CDN
Associate Professor,
Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences,
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources,
University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Jinan’s research interest is in improving dietary intake of underserved children and adolescents domestically and internationally and developing tools to assess food behaviors and dietary intake, particularly in Spanish-speaking populations. Excess weight gain during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes during and after pregnancy.

In this presentation she will discuss her work to address the needs of a low-income population with regards to prevention of excessive gestational weight gain using technology.

Jinan Banna, PhD, RD, CDN is an associate professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. She obtained her PhD in Nutritional Biology from the University of California, Davis, where she developed two tools, a food behavior checklist and physical activity questionnaire, to be used in the low-income Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. Prior to joining the University of Hawaii in 2012, she worked as a research scientist at the Instituto de Investigación Nutricional in Lima, Peru, where she conducted a research study focused on assessing the dietary habits of adolescents.

The college-wide research seminar series is co-sponsored by the College Research Office; the Hallie Ford Center; the Center for Healthy Aging; the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health; and the Center for Global Health. The seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College and other researchers to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning.