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Name: Annrose Guarino
Title: State Specialist - Urban Health
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Department: St. Charles Parish
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 1313 Paul Maillard Road, Suite E, P.O. Box 1766
Address 2: Luling, LA 70070
Phone Number: (985) 785-4473
Fax Number: (985) 785-4475

Education/Training

2001    Ph.D.                                  
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Major: Vocational Education     Concentration: Adult Education

1985    Dietetic Traineeship       
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MI
Major: Dietetic Internship

1983    Dietetics Coursework     
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics

1981    M.S.                                   
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Major: Child Development, Marriage, and Family Life

1978     Graduate Coursework    
University of Missouri, Columbia, MI
Major: Family Economics

1978    B.S.                                    
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Major: Vocational Home Economics Education

Areas of Specialization/Research
Hunger and Food Security
Health Literacy
Nutrition Education for Limited Income Audiences
Food Stamp Nutrition Education
Professional Experience

2008-present          
Associate Professor, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

2001-2008                
Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

1997-2001                
Extension Associate, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA

1995-1997                
Director of Nutrition Services, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA

1990-1997                
Coordinator, Center for Weight Management, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA

1993-1994                
Instructor, Delgado Community College, Department of  Science, New Orleans, LA

1988-1990                
Clinical Inpatient /Outpatient Dietitian, Merrithew Memorial Hospital, Martinez, CA

1985-1986                
Clinical and Management Dietitian, Saga Management Service, St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MI

1981-1982                
Nutrition Education Coordinator, Qualicare Hospitals of  Louisiana, Chalmette, LA

1979-1980                
Director, Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, Baton Rouge, LA

Awards/Grants

National

2001 Epsilon Sigma Phi Scholarship – Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Honor Fraternity ($500)

2002 Program Excellence through Research (Regional Winner), National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Awards Program (NEAFCS), Group Evaluation System (GES) Measuring Self-Reported Cooperative Extension Nutrition Education Impacts, Southeastern Region

2006 Delta H.O.P.E. Tri-State Childhood Obesity Initiative Wins Two National Awards: LSU Staff working on this initiative included: Murphy, E., Roy, H.J., Guarino, A.M., Hicks, J., Parnell, K., Crawford, T., Strong, J., Sevier, K., Rodgers, B., Osborne, K., Hayes, S., Russell, M., and Agan, C. Delta H.O.P.E. Tri-State Initiative is a partnership with three states, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi

2006 DHHS Innovation in Prevention Award, part of President Bush's Healthier U.S. initiative and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focus on preventing chronic diseases. Delta H.O.P.E. honored in Schools K-12 Category

2006 Cooper Institute Gold Award to Delta H.O.P.E. for programs that were involved in prevention and/or treatment of obesity for children ages preschool to 18

State

2000 Appointed Louisiana State Liaison to the USDA Community Food Security Coalition by the Director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service

2001 Epsilon Sigma Phi Scholarship – Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Honor Fraternity ($500)

2002 Program Excellence through Research (State Winner), Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (LEAFCS) Natchez, MS,

2002 Diversity in Research Award, LSU AgCenter ($1,200)

LSU AgCenter Rewards Faculty for Contributions to Diversity - link

2002 Louisiana Extension Association Family and Consumer Sciences Research Award for Diversity: Use of Pictorials in Nutrition Evaluation

2005 Selected State Community Nutrition Representative by National Dairy Council. The Southeast Dairy Association sponsored two health professionals from Louisiana to attend the meeting. I was sponsored as one of the health professionals. National Dairy Council and General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition 2005 Healthy Weight Forum: The Healthy Weight Wake Up Call. Health professionals learned about dairy and whole grains science related to weight management and healthy weight. Weight Wake Up Call. The Forum co-hosted by National Dairy Council and General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. Chicago, Illinois (Nov 16, 2005)

2006 Governor’s Council on Obesity Subcommittee: Resources, Received Letter of Acknowledgement from state coordinator for initiating, designing, supervising production of and funding tabletop exhibit for statewide Obesity Council

2000 Selected Louisiana State Liaison to the USDA Community Food Security Initiative

1998 Received Diversity in Programming Award, Family Nutrition Program, LSU AgCenter

GRANTS/CONTRACTS

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2008-2010)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder:
Louisiana Department of Social Services ($1,652,300)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 56 Parishes with 225 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 23 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Food Budgeting and Gardening Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Brian Greene (2005-2008)
Consultant: Guarino, A. M.
Project Title: Nine A Day the Head Start Way
Funder: Baptist Community Ministries ($82,000)
Description: Three phase intervention (control, limited, and full) endorsed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with collaborations between Greater New Orleans Second Harvest Food Bank, LSU AgCenter, New Orleans Catholic Charities, Head Start Program, and Tulane School of Public Health: Project provides fresh fruits and vegetables to Head Start Center food service and take home bag for parents at 14 Head Start Centers along with student, staff, and caregivers’ nutrition education, taste testing, recipes, take home nutrition education literacy books, and a behavior change research component.

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2006-2007)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($1,703,147)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 60 Parishes with 230 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 25 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Food Budgeting, and Gardening Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Murphy, E. P. (2004-2009)
Collaborators: Tuuri, G, Solmon, Roy, M. H. Guarino, A. M.
Project Title: Smart Bodies
Funder: Smart Bodies Louisiana Child Caring Foundation ($1,200,000)
Description: Smart Bodies research, outreach, and mobile exhibit promoting youth nutrition, physical activity and the human body. 50 Louisiana low-income schools were funded with FNP funds the first year of implementing the Smart Bodies program. A pilot study was conducted in 20 Baton Rouge Schools researching Body Mass Index (BMI), Physical Activity levels and fruit and vegetable intake in students

Completed Extension Support- Total $8,893,877
PI: Tucker, J. & Carter, C. (1997-1998)
Nutritionist: Guarino, A. M.
Project Title:
Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($695,235)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 64 Parishes with 52 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 7 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Carter, C. (1998-1999)
Program Manager/Nutritionist: Guarino, A. M.
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($695,235)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 64 Parishes with 50 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 7 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Carter, C. (1999-2000)
Program Manager/Nutritionist: Guarino, A. M.
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($695,235)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 64 Parishes with 48 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 7 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2000-2001)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($695,235)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 64 Parishes with 46 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 9 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2001-2002)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($414,555)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 35 Parishes with 52 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 15 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2002-2003)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($695,235)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 38 Parishes with 180 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 15 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2003-2004)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($1,500,000)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 44 Parishes with 200 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 18 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Gardening for Food and Food Budgeting Food Stamp Nutrition Education

Co-PI: Guarino, A. M. (2003-2005)
Co-PI: Alice Carroll, Louisiana Department of Education
Graduate Research Assistant: E. Whelan
Project Title: TEAM Nutrition Training Grant
Funder: USDA Food and Nutrition Service TEAM Nutrition ($50,000)
Description: Collaboration with Louisiana Department of Education at state level on a comprehensive K-5 program with materials being provided by additional funds from the grant. Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 10 low-income elementary schools in 3 parishes with 8 staff including 4-H and FCS agents and 3 Nutrition Educators. Topics include: Nutrition, Health, and Physical Activity Food Stamp Nutrition Education. Increased teacher motivation to incorporate physical activity in classroom environment

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2004-2005)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($1,750,000)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 55 Parishes with 211 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. Horticulture, 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 20 Nutrition Educators participate. Materials provided for 50 FNP Smart Bodies Schools. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Food Budgeting, and Gardening Food Stamp Nutrition Education

PI: Guarino, A. M. (2005-2006)
Project Title: Family Nutrition Program
Funder: Louisiana Department of Social Services ($1,703,147)
Description: Food Stamp Nutrition Education in 56 Parishes with 225 Staff, 50% Cost Reimbursement. 4-H, EFNEP, and FCS agents and 23 Nutrition Educators participate. Topics include: Nutrition and Health, Food Safety, Food Budgeting and Gardening Food Stamp Nutrition Education

Publications/Presentations/Patents

Lakkakula, A., Tuuri, T., Monroe, P., Solmon, M., Guarino, A. M and Zanovec, M.,. Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Body Mass Index-for-Age Percentile Health Report in Raising Parent Awareness of Their Child’s Weight Status. Journal of School Health (accepted Feb, 2007).

Silverman, L., Tuuri, G., Solmon, M., Moore, D., Guarino, A.M., Roy, H., Holston, D., Murphy, E. Does a multi-component school-based nutrition intervention program increase knowledge and improve attitudes about fruits and vegetables in elementary school students? Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Accepted, Vol 38, supplement 1, S51

Lakkakula, A, Tuuri, G., Zanovec, M., Moore, D., Guarino, A.M., Solomon, M., Murphy, E. Roy, H. Evaluation of the effectiveness of a Body Mass Index-for-age percentile health report in raising parent awareness of their child’s weight status. North American Association for the Study of Obesity, Poster, Oct 23, 2006 Boston, MA.

Moore, D., Solmon, M., Tuuri, G., Silverman, Zanovec, M., L., Guarino, A.M., Roy, H., Murphy, E., A Comparison of Children’s Physical Activity Levels During School and Out-of-school activities. Accepted for presentation at American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2007 Annual Meeting.

Moore, D., Solmon, M., Tuuri, G., Silverman, Zanovec, M., L., Guarino, A.M., Roy, H., Murphy, E., Abstract “A Comparison of Children’s Physical Activity Levels During School and Out-of-School Activities” has been accepted for presentation as a poster session at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Abstract will be published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 39:5 Supplement. Jun 2, 2007.

Assessing Perception of Family Nutrition Program Characteristics and Nutrition Education Needs of Low Income Women. LSU School of Human Ecology, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Holston, Denise, O'Neil, Carol E., Monroe, Pam, Keenan, Mike, Guarino, Annrose. Poster Session: Science of Food and Nutrition/Wellness and Public Health/Research and Grants. Journal of American Dietetic Association, August 2004 Suppl 2- Abstracts 104 (8), p. A-60.

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