Alexandra Chavez

Alexandra Chavez

Mentor

Dr. Amy R. Mobley, PhD, RD, FAND

College

College of Health and Human Performance

Major

Health Education and Behavior

Minor

Health Disparities in Society

Organizations

Minority Health Professional Mentorship Program, HHPeers, Delta Nu Zeta Service Sorority,

Academic Awards

Norma M. Leavitt Scholarship (2020), University Scholars Program (2021-22)

Volunteering

Equal Access Clinic Network, Child Life at UF Health Shands Hospital, JOY - Just Older Youth

Research Interests

Nutrition, Underserved Populations, Health Disparities

Hobbies and Interests

Reading, Playing tennis, Traveling, spending time with my Pomeranian Apolli

Research Project

Caregivers Perspectives on Provider-Caregiver Communication Strategies Regarding Early Childhood Nutrition

The rates of obesity in young children continues to rise in the United States, especially among economically disadvantaged populations and it is estimated that these rates will be further escalated due to negative impacts of COVID-19 on dietary and physical activity habits. With more than half of young children in the United States enrolled in child-care centers, where they are provided multiple meals and snacks throughout the day, it can be deduced that early childhood nutrition of children ages 0-3 years old is impacted by both childcare providers and caregivers (parents or guardians). The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that childcare providers encourage caregivers to teach children about nutrition and also provide healthy foods within the home. However, there is a need for improved communication strategies and practices between childcare professionals and caregivers so that this can be accomplished. This study will help identify caregivers perceived barriers and opportunities to improve their current nutrition communication practices with childcare professionals. The findings of this study will address the communication barriers that exist between childcare providers and caregivers of young children and develop solutions to improve communication regarding this topic. By refining the way childcare providers relay nutritional information to caregivers, the goal is to improve the overall nutrition of these young children. The improvement of early childhood nutrition will help reduce the rates of childhood obesity for all demographics, specifically rates among economically disadvantaged children.

  • Dr. Amy R. Mobley, PhD, RD, FAND
  • Health Education and Behavior
  • Health Disparities in Society
  • Nutrition, Underserved Populations, Health Disparities
  • Norma M. Leavitt Scholarship (2020), University Scholars Program (2021-22)
  • Minority Health Professional Mentorship Program, HHPeers, Delta Nu Zeta Service Sorority,
  • Equal Access Clinic Network, Child Life at UF Health Shands Hospital, JOY - Just Older Youth
  • Reading, Playing tennis, Traveling, spending time with my Pomeranian Apolli
  • Caregivers Perspectives on Provider-Caregiver Communication Strategies Regarding Early Childhood Nutrition
  • The rates of obesity in young children continues to rise in the United States, especially among economically disadvantaged populations and it is estimated that these rates will be further escalated due to negative impacts of COVID-19 on dietary and physical activity habits. With more than half of young children in the United States enrolled in child-care centers, where they are provided multiple meals and snacks throughout the day, it can be deduced that early childhood nutrition of children ages 0-3 years old is impacted by both childcare providers and caregivers (parents or guardians). The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that childcare providers encourage caregivers to teach children about nutrition and also provide healthy foods within the home. However, there is a need for improved communication strategies and practices between childcare professionals and caregivers so that this can be accomplished. This study will help identify caregivers perceived barriers and opportunities to improve their current nutrition communication practices with childcare professionals. The findings of this study will address the communication barriers that exist between childcare providers and caregivers of young children and develop solutions to improve communication regarding this topic. By refining the way childcare providers relay nutritional information to caregivers, the goal is to improve the overall nutrition of these young children. The improvement of early childhood nutrition will help reduce the rates of childhood obesity for all demographics, specifically rates among economically disadvantaged children.