Food and Culture: Dr. Dona Winham

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:10pm
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Winham’s research focuses on ways to develop or to preserve positive dietary habits, especially bean consumption, with the goals of improved health, food security, and child growth. Recent studies include, beliefs and attitudes about bean consumption among low income women; the effect of bean-and-rice meals on postprandial glucose; predictors of SNAP benefit usage by low income Latinas; and use of theatre activities to engage minority youth with cultural culinary traditions. She is currently investigating the nutrition composition of tepary beans – noted for their ability to grow in hot and arid marginal areas. In association with USAID projects, she has identified predictors of stunting recovery in Egyptian children, served as a technical advisor for a bean nutrition intervention for Tanzanian children with HIV, and presented an anthropometric assessment workshop for Iraqi physicians. Dr. Winham also co-leads a study abroad trip to Dharwad, India.