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I am evaluating the parental practices that support positive eating behaviors during independent eating occassions of early adolescent children with a multi-site team. In a pending study,
I am examining barriers to healthy weight management among women of childbearing age in Ghana.
As part of the Innovative Passive Dietary Monitoring System Project, I will be conducting both formative and validation studies using various passive technologies for dietary assessemnt in both rural and urban Ghana.
Effectiveness of the Extension model to enhance knowledge and facilitate healthy behavior change across the lifespan.
Dissertation project: Psychological Constructs, Measures of Adiposity and Weight Loss Following Intervention in Older Women
My current research focuses on early obesity prevention, including ongoing pilot work focused on early infant feeding and rapid weight gain. The project seeks to assess how early infant feeding mode (breastfeeding vs. bottle feeeding) affects changes in infant growth over the first 16 weeks postpartum. This research also seeks to examine gestational weight gain, and how infant feeding methods are related to postpartum weight loss, infant growth and body composition.
My research lab is currently examining the metabolic and endocrine responses to high-fat meals or diets of varying fatty acid composition in normal weight and obese women. We are particularly interested in fat metabolism and hunger and satiety hormone responses to these meals or diets.
Healthy Child Care Georgia
Healthy Child Care Georgia (HCCG) is a pilot study supported by the USDA SNAP-Ed Program. HCCG tested the feasibility of using policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches combined with direct classroom education for obesity prevention in the child care setting. While PSE approaches have delivered promising results in the child care setting, limited studies have combined both PSE approaches and with direct classroom education to promote change for obesity prevention. The HCCG study has four specific aims: 1) Increase ECE providers’ knowledge of wellness best practices for obesity prevention in early childhood; 2) Assess current status of wellness best practice implementation of ECE programs; 3) Create an action plan for the adoption at least one new wellness best practice in ECE program; and 4) Implement a six week intervention, Eat Healthy Be Active, to increase the quality and quantity of nutrition and physical activity education for children in ECE programs. Implementation of these policies and best practices in each ECE program has the potential to affect hundreds of SNAP-Ed eligible parents and their children.
Results from our formative work showed improvements in the implementation of nutrition and physical activity policies for participating child care programs as…
Current research projects include:
I am researching on the bioprotective influence of green tea on early childhood traumatic brain injury using pig model.
My research is currently focused on the role of cephalic phase response triggered by specific mouth rinses in endurance trained athletes.
The human transcription factor metal response element (MRE)-binding transcription factor 1 (MTF-1) binds to the DNA motif called the MRE in the promoter region of genes to regulate their transcriptional expression. MTF-1 is a zinc activated (zinc finger) protein whose activity and migration to the nucleus of cells is directly altered by levels of dietary zinc ingestion. MTF-1 can alter the gene expression of proteins, but we are currently looking at the fluctuation in levels of non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs), which themselves change gene expression post-transcriptionally. And some miRNA can also affect MTF-1 expression. Therefore there are cascading regulatory effects involving MTF-1 and miRNAs which can be initiated by zinc.
Jenissa is a second year MS/DI student working with Dr. Giraudo on the Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension Fellowship. The YOURE Fellowship was devised to provide research opportunities and experiences to selected participants in partnership with Georgia's 4-H Youth Development Program. The study will evaluate an alternative research experience set in a nontraditional site, summer camp.
R01 GM121551 NIH/NIGMS Defining the Genetic Architecture of the Glutathione Redox System
For information regarding the current research, please refer to the http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/research-bioactive-compounds-and-health-park-lab.
Since I joined the University of Georgia (UGA), I have developed the Georgia Advanced Performance Outcomes Measures Project (GA Advanced POMP) which is the first study to test the feasibility of innovative research methods to improve program evaluation as part of administrative processes based on the partnership between GA Aging Services Network and UGA. I have been leading the Georgia CAFE (Community Advocacy to Access Food Stamps for the Elderly and Disabled) project since 2011, the first-ever SNAP application assistance model in Georgia to enhance coordination, access, and participation in SNAP for low-income older Georgians based on collaborations among the UGA, the Georgia Legal Services Program, and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in around 30 urban and rural counties in Georgia. I have also established the UGA SNAP-Ed project, which provides an innovative, multi-level nutrition education and obesity prevention intervention to SNAP-Ed eligible adult Georgian population using existing/augmented network and practice of the UGA Cooperative Extension Services (CES) since 2013.
My current research is evaluating the use of the hedonic scale in sensory testing, specifically in the evaluation of food products, using a child population.
My current research is testing the impact of a standard high-fat breakfast muffin against a pecan-containing muffin to determine if pecans will help to mitigate post-meal increases in glucose, insulin and lipids while increasing plasma antioxidant levels and appetite.
1. PUFA-mediated PPARδ activation and its impact on metabolic function.
2. Epigenetic alterations of metabolic pathways though active DNA demethylation.
3. Adaptation of the small intestine to high-fat diets and its impact on satiety hormone production.
Our current research projects include:
R01 GM121551 NIH/NIGMS Defining the Genetic Architecture of the Glutathione Redox System; Role: Principal Investigator.
R56 AG053309 NIH/NIA A Systems Approach to GDF11 and its Effects on Cardiac Hypertrophy; Role: Principal Investigator.
My research currently examines the metabolic and satiety hormone responses to high fat diets of varying fatty acid composition in healthy men.
Masters Research Project: Influence of exercise training with resveratrol supplementation on skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity
Recently, I developed collaborations with well-funded, senior faculty in Medicine and Nursing at Emory University and the UGA/AU Medical Partnership to carry out clinical research in advanced heart failure patients, using the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance infrastructure.
My current research is evaluating the implementation of a statewide Extension program, Cooking for a Lifetime of Cancer Prevention Cooking School, which promotes the importance of cancer screenings and nutrition/lifestyle choices for cancer prevention.
I work in Dr. Jung Sun Lee's Community Nutrition lab as the Assistant Nutrition Education on the UGA SNAP Ed program. I have developed an eLearning nutrition education program using a multidicipinary approach including eLearning design experts, marketing professionals, videography experts, and extensive technical support. The program, titled Food eTalk, is tailored to the specific needs of low-income Georgian adults, with a mobile (smartphone) based approach. Access to Food eTalk is available at www.foodtalk.org under the "LEARN ONLINE" tab. My research is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and RNECE-South.
I am currently working on Child feeding and body composition (Overweight/Obesity) among pre- schoolers in Georgia, U.S.A.
My current research involves assist Dr. Moore in researching considerations for adapting the adult Food Talk curriculum for the learning needs of older adolescents.
My research involves motivating and coaching the teachers who are using the HCCG program to become healthy role models for their students.
I study the impact of SNAP benefit receipt and utilization on food-purchasing practices, dietary intake, and food insecurity of low-income older adults.