2013 CSUN Student Research Symposium
Five Magaram Center Students participated in the 2013 CSUN Student Research Symposium. To see their projects, see below.
Hissa Al Sudairy and Jocceline Hernandez
Half of men and one-third of all women in the United States will develop cancer in their lifetime and about 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime (American Cancer Society, 2012). According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), 38% of all breast cancer cases in the United States could be prevented with simple, everyday changes to what people eat and how active they are. In the winter of 2013, an educational breast cancer screening pilot program will take place in the city of San Fernando at the Mission Community Hospital. The goal of this collaborative partnership is to provide a comprehensive preventative breast health/breast-screening and healthy lifestyle education program for 40 to 65 year-old undeserved (low-income, uninsured) and overweight women living in District 2 of the San Fernando Valley. By the end of the program, we hypothesize that the participants will understand and implement this information into their own lives, such that 80% of the participants will demonstrate healthier weights, healthier BMI's, higher intakes of vegetables and fruits, and lower intakes of saturated fat. In turn, society will be benefited by a reduction in the number of breast cancer patients and late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer among this group.
Michelle Christopher and Lisette Ashekian
The prevalence of childhood obesity has dramatically increased, where 1 in 3 American kids and teens are considered either overweight or obese (American Heart Association Childhood Obesity (AHA), 2012). In an effort to address this statistic the Marilyn Magaram Center at CSUN has accepted a 3 year Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant to promote a healthy lifestyle among children of lower income households through the implementation of a garden project. The garden project encompasses an in-class and hands-on gardening curricula, taught along with nutrition and physical education lessons. The intention of our particular project is to evaluate the manual of lesson plans that were created for the in-class and hands-on gardening education at both Anatola and Cohasset Elementary schools located in Van Nuys, CA. The evaluation is designed to collect the educators’ feedback, to help make the lessons more teacher-centered, and fulfill state mandated standards of subjects like science, mathematics, history, etc. for first and second graders. The ultimate goal of this evaluation is to help plan for the long-term sustainability of the project, and help attain the project’s main goal of increased fruit and vegetable consumption among the youth.
2012 CSUN Student Research Symposium
Ava Ghobadpour, Kelley Gold and Eva Star, students participating in the Housing and Urban Development grant, administered by the Marilyn Magaram Center, recently presented their work at the CSUN Research Symposium. Below is their abstract:
In 2008, 19.6% of children aged six to eleven were classified as obese (Ogden, Caroll, Lamb & Flegal, 2010). Our project is part of a 3 year Housing and Urban Development grant administered through the Marilyn Magaram Center at CSUN. The grant has provided funding to increase children’s access to healthy food. A critical component of the project is the development of a school garden in three elementary schools in Van Nuys, CA. The purpose of our project is to develop three manuals that can be used to implement gardens and garden related curriculum in these schools, as well as at other schools in urban settings across the country.