Against the backdrop of globalization and changing dietary patterns in low- and middle- income countries, her dissertation is focused on understanding food consumption patterns and the phenomenon of nutrition transition among adolescents. Nida spent a year as a NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Vijayapura, India where she developed and evaluated a nutrition transition assessment instrument for adolescents. In the past decade, Vijayapura, a city in a remote but urbanizing region in Southern India is undergoing an expansion of its large-scale industries and has been witnessing the emergence of supermarkets and local street vendors.
“It was an invaluable experience to conceptualize, develop, and carry out primary data collection through the evaluation of the dietary instrument in an urbanizing community in India”, says Nida. While on ground, the project was expanded to carry out a qualitative study of adolescents views on the healthfulness, modernity, and availability of foods and beverages in their local food environment. In addition, Nida spearheaded the documentation of a database of the available foods and beverages in Vijayapura through pictures. She envisions publishing this as a book.
- Dietary data analysis. Prior experience with excel preferred. Skills that will be learned: statistical analysis (SAS, STATA) and scientific writing.
- Development of the food picture database. We are looking for a motivated student to complete the database. Jackie Glodener, one of the News Team members, worked on this project in the past summer: “First, I started off by creating a picture library of the foods available in Indian food markets. We documented foods that adolescents tend to pick up from the snack aisle, and healthier alternatives to these snacks. Then, I helped create a blueprint for a nutrition pamphlet that would serve to inform mothers and adolescents about healthy foods. It was an invaluable experience, especially since this was the first time I worked on a project outside of a classroom that would impact a large population. This project helped me confirm my career goals in helping others maintain and improve their health.”
- Evaluation of field ethnographic notes to explore the perceptions of food, physical activity, and health among adolescents and adults across two cities in India. Skills that will be learned: qualitative data cleaning and analysis and writing up the results as a report.
In her spare time, Nida can be seen running at Lullwater or Piedmont Park, reading in the hammocks by Cox Hall, or solving 1000 piece puzzles.