From Research to Practice Improving Diet Quality and Obesity in Low-income Populations

From Research to Practice Improving Diet Quality and Obesity in Low-income Populations

DATE: May 8, 2019

SPEAKER: Lauren Au, PhD, RD

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Lauren Au is an Assistant Researcher at the University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute. Dr. Au obtained her Bachelors in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics at UC Berkeley, her MS in Nutrition and Public Health and RD from Columbia University, and her PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley. Dr. Au served as a senior nutrition advisor to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, where she helped lead many nutrition initiatives, such as preserving funding for the Women’s, Infants, and Children program, fighting to prevent SNAP cuts in the Farm Bill, and introducing a bipartisan Summer Meals Bill to feed hungry children year-around. Dr. Au brings a wealth of experience in conducting nutrition evaluations to prevent obesity in low-income community settings. Notably her research in WIC includes a rigorous assessment of online vs. in-person nutrition education; creating a novel diet quality measure for infants; and evaluating the contribution of WIC foods to overall nutrient intake.

Learning Objectives: 

  • To examine successful school nutrition programs associated with obesity.
  • To understand how WIC online nutrition education can be used to improve dietary outcomes.
  • To examine the methodology behind a novel diet quality tool for U.S. infants.

Learning codes: 

3010: Assessment methodology
4050: Epidemiology
9020: Evaluation and application of research

Performance indicators:

6.2.2 Demonstrates knowledge of research instruments and tools (e.g., surveys, interview tools) to support research initiatives.
6.2.3 Interprets data to make recommendations and to inform decisions.
6.2.4 Disseminates research or performance improvement outcomes to advance knowledge, change practice and enhance effectiveness of services.
6.2.5 Applies research/evidence-based findings to improve practice, service delivery, and health and nutrition of customers.

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Eligible for CPE until May 8, 2022 (three years from date of presentation)


This activity is recorded as described by the Commission of Dietetic Registration in the United States as Activity 175 .

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