Liliana Aguayo Recognized as Top Poster Winner of the Latin American Affairs Section

Liliana Aguayo, a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, was recognized as a Top Poster Winner of the Latin American Affairs Section at the most recent ObesityWeek Conference. She received this award as a result of her preliminary analysis of data collected in The Holistic Obesity Prevention Study (HOPS), which examines the perceptions of obesity from five- and six-year-old children and their Mexican mothers. As a recipient, Liliana received a diploma and a cash award.

As a graduate student, Liliana has been involved in multiple studies, two of which have been funded through seed grants that were awarded to her through her United States Department of Agriculture Fellowship. In addition to the HOPS project, Liliana is also currently conducting a comparative study of obesity risk factors for young children of Mexican descent, a qualitative study involving volunteers from the Mexican community who are trained to share knowledge on healthy lifestyles with their communities, and a systematic review on the use of geographic information for physical activity interventions. In the future, Liliana would like to pursue a career in higher education, possibly completing a post-doctorate with an academic institution focused on prevention and/or treatment of childhood obesity with underserved populations. She is particularly interested in working with pediatric weight management multidisciplinary groups that serve Latino populations in the United States.

Congratulations, Liliana, on this outstanding honor!

Liliana Aguayo