Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Guatemala


INFORMAS in Guatemala and Costa Rica is run by Dr. Manuel Ramirez-Zea and Dr. Fernanda Kroker-Lobos

Guatemala is implementing the following modules: Food Composition, Food Labelling, Food Promotion (TV) and the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food Epi).

In Costa Rica, the Guatemalan team has built partnerships with the School of Public Health of the University of Costa Rica to implement the modules of Food Promotion (TV) and to validate methodology to map food outlets and food advertising around rural and urban schools. We are also working with the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Teaching in Nutrition and Health (INCIENSA) to performed a secondary analysis on Food Labelling of processed food targeted to children.

The majority of data collection was completed during 2016.  In 2017, our team will analyse all data, report to stakeholders, and write up publications.

 

 

Acknowledgements / Funders

International Development Research Center, Canada

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Manuel Ramírez Zea, PhD

Coordinator

INCAP Research Center for the prevention of Chronic Diseases

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama –INCAP-

Email: Manuel Ramírez Zea

Fenada Kroker-Lobos

Fernanda Kroker-Lobos, PhD

Research fellow in Population Nutrition

INCAP Research Center for the prevention of Chronic Diseases

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama –INCAP-

Email: Fernanda Kroker-Lobos

Module Status (as of 03/17) Outputs
Public Sector (Food EPI)

Data collection completed

Manuscript in preparation

1, 2 
Private Sector    
Food Composition

Data collection completed

Manuscript in preparation

3, 4 
Food Labelling

Data collection completed

Manuscript in preparation

Food Promotion (Television)

Data collection completed

Manuscript in preparation

6, 7 
Food Prices    
Food Retail    
Food Provision    
Food Trade & Investment    

 

Outputs (publications, reports, conference presentations)

  1. Sanchez C, Ramirez-Zea M, Vandevijvere S, Kroker-Lobos MF. Healthy Food Environment Policy Index in Guatemala. Manuscript in Preparation.
  2. Sanchez C, Ramirez-Zea M, Vandevijvere S, Kroker-Lobos MF. Healthy Food Environment Policy Index in Guatemala. Invited speaker at the Iberoamerican Congress of Nutrition, Lima Peru September 2017.
  3. Alarcon A, Kroker-Lobos MF, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea M. Nutrient Declarations and Nutritional Quality of Processed and Ultra-processed Foods Sold in Guatemala. Manuscript in Preparation
  4. Alarcon A, Kroker-Lobos MF, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea M. Nutrient Declarations and Nutritional Quality of Processed and Ultra-processed Foods Sold in Guatemala. Oral Presentation, American Society of Nutrition, Experimental Biology, Chicago April 2017.
  5. Pineda A, Ramirez-Zea M, Vandevijvere S, Kroker-Lobos MF.  Analysis of the information contained on packaged foods from supermarkets in Guatemala City. Manuscript in Preparation.
  6. Cosenza E, Morales A, Kroker-Lobos MF, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea M. Analysis of Food Advertising in Children’s TV Programming in Guatemala". Manuscript in preparation.
  7. Cosenza E, Morales A, Kroker-Lobos MF, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea M. Analysis of Food Advertising in Children’s TV Programming in Guatemala". Oral Presentation, American Society of Nutrition, Experimental Biology, Chicago April 2017.
  8. Gamboa T, Blanco A, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea, Kroker-Lobos MF. Claims and promotional strategies declared on front-of-pack processed and ultraprocessed products related with children and adolescents obesity in Costa Rica. Poster presentation American Society of Nutrition, Experimental Biology, Chicago, April  2017.
  9. Gamboa T, Blanco A, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea, Kroker-Lobos MF. Claims and promotional strategies declared on front-of-pack processed and ultraprocessed products related with children and adolescents obesity in Costa Rica. Manuscript in preparation.
  10. Zamora I, Jensen M, Vandevijvere S, Ramirez-Zea, Kroker-Lobos MF. Television Food and Beverage Marketing to Children in Costa Rica: Is a Regulatory Policy Needed?. Poster presentation American Society of Nutrition, Experimental Biology, Chicago, April 2017.