Lauren A. Haldeman, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut (2001)
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.
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.
Development of nutrition education materials and interventions for low income Latinos and African Americans
- Ewald, D.R., Haldeman, L. Risk Factors in Adolescent Hypertension. Global Pediatr Health. January-December 2016 3: 2333794X15625159, first published on February 16, 2016 doi:10.1177/2333794X15625159.
- Haroldson, A, Haldeman, L. Utilization Of Grocery Store Observations As A Method To Assess Child Food Requests. The Forum for Family and Consumer Science Issues. Spring 2016, Vol. 20, No. 1.
- Haroldson, A, Gruber, K, Haldeman, L. Perceived child influence on family dietary and physical activity behaviors. Int J Nutr Diet Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 75 – 87 (November 2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.17654/IJNDNov2015_075_087.
- Sastre, L. and Haldeman, L. A US Refugee Resettlement Community: Environmental, Nutrition and Health Perceptions from Local Service Providers. MEDICC Review. October 2015. Volume 17, No 4: 18-24.
- Haroldson, A., Cordell, Z., Haldeman, L. Analysis of Child Food Requests and Maternal Compliance in Low-Income Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Families. Fam Consum Sci Res J. (2015). 4(1): 37-50. DOI: 10.1111/fcsr.12126. *Chosen best paper for 2015.
- Acheampong, I. and Haldeman, L. Are Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs associated with obesity among Low Income Hispanic and African American Women Caretakers? J Obesity Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 123901, 8 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/123901.
- 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
- 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.