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Talks at Twelve: Rebecca Seguin, Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Using Tablet-Based Technology with Residents to Understand Barriers and Facilitators to Healthy Eating and Active Living: Rural Findings and Potential Catalysts for Change
Rebecca Seguin, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

A community’s built environment can influence key health behaviors. Rural populations experience significant health disparities, yet built environment studies in these settings are limited. In her talk, Rebecca Seguin will explore the use of an innovative, participatory, tablet-based community assessment tool, the Discovery Tool App, to conduct built environment audits in rural settings. Twenty-four community residents in four rural Upstate New York towns were given the opportunity to utilize this tool and provide their feedback through focus group sessions. Dr. Seguin will describe resident perspectives on community built environment features as identified through the use of the Discovery Tool as well as opportunities for community improvement and change.

Dr. Rebecca Seguin is assistant professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and recipient of a BCTR Pilot Study grant on which her talk is based. Her current research focuses on understanding how people’s social, food, and physical activity environments influence behavior over time—particularly in rural communities. She is also working on community mobilization and capacity building initiatives with health educators who serve rural areas. The goal is to provide training and evaluation tools to help them engage residents to become involved in programs and policies to improve their food and physical activity environments through collective action.

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