Transforming the Puerto Rico WIC Program to improve effectiveness in the promotion of healthy lifestyles early in childhood and a long lasting culture

Location: Puerto Rico

PROJECT SUMMARY: Traditionally, education on feeding practices related to the problem of early childhood obesity in Puerto Rico is delivered through in-person meetings. However, with low participation and low adherence to WIC guidelines, there is a need to restructure the method of delivering this education, such as with information technology.
Our approach includes two phases:

  1. Evaluate novel interventions through surveys and community-based participatory research.
  2. Develop a pilot project based on formative research to improve lifestyles among WIC infants using the empowerment model and leveraging technology.
Transforming the Puerto Rico WIC Program to improve effectiveness in the promotion of healthy lifestyles early in childhood and a long lasting culture
TEAM MEMBERS

[Pictured Left to Right]

  • Cristina Palacios, PhD, MSc, Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Puerto Rico
  • Alexandra Reyes, MEd, RDN Registered Dietitian and Coordinator of Nutrition Education, WIC Program, Puerto Rico
  • Maribel Campos, MD, MBA, MSc, FAAP, Associate Professor, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Puerto Rico
"As a participant in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, I will be in a position to influence my colleagues in the WIC Program, motivating them to improve their leadership skills and becoming part of the transformation of the Culture of Health in our institution."
— Alexandra Reyes

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