Lauren A. Haldeman, Ph.D
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Increasing rates of obesity and diet related chronic diseases among low income, culturally diverse audiences has led Dr. Lauren Haldeman to study the dietary behaviors of Latinos and African Americans in the Piedmont Triad. Having assessed the effects of health beliefs, barriers, food insecurity, and psychosocial issues on nutrition, Dr. Haldeman continues to design targeted nutrition education interventions and materials for these audiences. Specifically, she plans to assess family level approaches to reducing these poor health outcomes.
Dr. Haldeman's work with these groups has resulted in theory based, healthy eating brochures and recipe cards focusing on traditional foods developed for low income Latina caretakers and a pilot intervention to improve dietary intake and physical activity among low income African Americans. Dr. Haldeman's future plans include the development of larger scale interventions with these groups. As food assistance programs play an important role in food access for low income audiences, Dr. Haldeman is working to assess the impact of programs such as the School Breakfast Program.
To support her community-based research efforts, Dr. Haldeman works closely with UNCG's Center for New North Carolinians and community agencies.
- Ph.D, Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2001
- M.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 1998
- B.S., Resource Development, University of Rhode Island, 1994
Among low income, minority groups:
- Design theory-based nutrition interventions.
- Assess family approaches for decreasing rates of diet related chronic diseases
- Examine food access, health beliefs, attitudes, barriers and dietary quality.
- Process and impact analyses of the school breakfast program
- Development of nutrition education materials and interventions for low income Latinos and African Americans
Selected Publications- Colby, S., Morrison, S., Haldeman, L. What Changes When We Move? A Transnational Photographic Exploration of Dietary Acculturation. Ecol Food Nutr. 2009; 48, 4: 327-343
- Colby, S., Johnson, L., Cutrell, S., Haldeman, L. Portion Size Estimation Among Newly Arrived Latino Immigrants. Top Clin Nutr. April/June 2009; 24(2):139-144.
- Gruber, K and Haldeman, L. Using a Family Perspective to Combat the Increasing Prevalence of Child and Adult Obesity. Prev Chronic Dis. 2009; 6 (3): http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/jul/08_0191.htm.
- Haldeman, L., Gruber, K. and Ingram, K. Determinants of food security and diet among rural and urban Latino/Hispanic J Hunger and Environ Nutr. 2008;2(4): 67-83.
- Morrison, S.D., Haldeman, L., Sudha, S., Gruber, K.J., Bailey, R. Cultural adaptation resources for food security, nutrition, and health in new immigrants in central North Carolina. J Immigr Minor Health. 2007 Jul;9(3): 205-212.
- Colby, S.E. and Haldeman, L. Peer-led theater as a nutrition education strategy. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2007 Jan-Feb;39(1): 48-49.
- Colby, S., Amoako, E., Kohlenberg, E., Haldeman, L. Health care cost of Diabetes due to acculturation related obesity in non-traditional Latino immigration locations. AHCMJ. 2005;1: 101-111.
- Pérez-Escamilla, R. and Haldeman, L. Food label modifies association of income with dietary quality. J Nutr. 2002;132: 768-772.
- Haldeman, L., Pérez-Escamilla, R., Ferris, A., Drake, L., Himmelgreen, D., Bonello, H., González, A., Segura-Millán, S., Méndez, I., Bermudez, A., and Romero-Daza, N. Development of a color-coded bilingual food label for low literacy Latino caretakers. J. Nutr. Educ. 2000;32: 152-160.