University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features cultural identity and anti-obesity campaigns

This week, UND Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Rachel Navarro, will talk about her research on cultural identity and discrimination and how these influences can impact education. She was recently awarded the 2013 Henry Tomes Award for her work with ethnic communities. Navarro examines how personal and environmental experiences can impact certain groups. “I think it is really important for people to be able to retain some of their cultural identities at the same time as being able to learn to bridge some of those cultural communications,” she said. Navarro is building a research team to study ethnic groups at UND who do not identify with traditionally predominant groups.

Also on the show, junk food companies are tackling health issues related to obesity. The Coca-Cola Co. and Mars, Inc. have developed anti-obesity advertising campaigns. UND Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics Jan Goodwin discusses how this can benefit consumers. “The reality is that this country has a major health problem, and obesity is the underlying factor of that,” said Goodwin. The U.S. Census Bureau says Americans consume about 7.7 million pounds of candy annually. Some say the anti-obesity campaigns can help build awareness for this growing problem.

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-- Chelsea Hay, Nicholas Johnson, Studio One, 777.4346,

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