PRC Seminar: “Promoting Self-Regulation and Healthy Eating Habits among Toddlers Living in Poverty”

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm (ET)

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This talk will highlight findings from the Recipe 4 Success preventive intervention, which was created through a community-based participatory research process and tested in two randomized controlled trials involving Penn State investigators Michelle Hostetler, Mark Feinberg, Lori Francis, Sukhdeep Gill, Damon Jones, Idan Shalev, Sue Rutherford Siegel, and Cindy Stifter. Designed to enhance the effectiveness of home visits for families living in poverty, Recipe 4 Success has demonstrated post-intervention and sustained benefits on toddlers’ self-regulation, healthy eating habits, body mass index, and telomere length, as well as parents’ sensitive scaffolding of learning and responsive food parenting practices.

About the Speaker

Robert Nix‘s research focuses on the development and rigorous evaluation of prevention programs to promote adaptive social-emotional functioning and prevent the development of problems among children living in poverty. All of these programs are implemented in community settings. He has a special interest in prevention programs for preschool-aged children and their parents and has conducted several studies on the long-term impact of early services.

Dr. Nix was a research associate at the Edna Benett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC) from 2002 to 2015. While at the PRC, he worked on multiple randomized controlled trials of community-based preventive interventions intended to promote positive parenting and children’s social-emotional well-being, including Fast Track, Head Start REDI, Focus on Learning, PATHS to Success, the Mindfulness-Based Strengthening Families Program, and Recipe 4 Success.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center


Virtual via Zoom
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