Elena Serrano, PhD

Professor

Family Nutrition Program Project Director

Graduate Program Faculty

Behavioral and Community Science

Evaluation of the effectiveness of programs, policies, and practices to address childhood obesity and food insecurity among SNAP populations

Food Waste in the National School Lunch Program 1978-2015: A Systematic Review. Byker Shanks C, Banna J, Serrano EL. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Nov;117(11):1792-1807. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.06.008. Epub 2017 Aug 12.

Teen Cuisine: Impacting Dietary Habits and Food Preparation Skills in Adolescents. Price TT, Carrington AC, Margheim L, Serrano E. J Nutr Educ Behav 2017; 49 (2), 175-178. e1. GEM No. 561.

Smart Snacks in School Legislation Does Not Change Self-Reported Snack Food and Beverage Intake of Middle School Students in Rural Appalachian Region. J Nutr Educ Behav 2017; 49 (7), 599-604. e1. Mann G, Hosig K, Zhang A, Shen S, Serrano E.

Progress Evaluation for the Restaurant Industry Assessed by a Voluntary Marketing-Mix and Choice-Architecture Framework That Offers Strategies to Nudge America. Kraak V, Englund T, Misyak S, Serrano E. Intl J Envir Res Public Hlth 2017; 14 (7), 760/

A comparison of fruits, vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages, and desserts in the packed lunches of elementary school children. Farris AR, Misyak S, Duffey KJ, Mann GR, Davis GC, Hosig K, Atzaba-Poria N, McFerren MM, Serrano EL. Child Obes. 2015 Jun;11(3):275-80.

Nutritional comparison of packed and school lunches in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children following the implementation of the 2012-2013 National School Lunch Program standards.Farris AR, Misyak S, Duffey KJ, Davis GC, Hosig K, Atzaba-Poria N, McFerren MM, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Nov-Dec;46(6):621-6.

"Snacks are not food". Low-income, urban mothers' perceptions of feeding snacks to their preschool-aged children. Fisher JO, Wright G, Herman AN, Malhotra K, Serrano EL, Foster GD, Whitaker RC. Appetite. 2015 Jan;84:61-7.

New NSLP guidelines: challenges and opportunities for nutrition education practitioners and researchers. Byker CJ, Pinard CA, Yaroch AL, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):683-9.

Plate size and children's appetite: effects of larger dishware on self-served portions and intake. DiSantis KI, Birch LL, Davey A, Serrano EL, Zhang J, Bruton Y, Fisher JO. Pediatrics. 2013 May;131(5):e1451-8.

Food Waste in a School Nutrition Program After Implementation of New Lunch Program Guidelines. Byker CJ, Farris AR, Marcenelle M, Davis GC, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 May 21. pii: S1499-4046(14)00177-8.  

Effect of Different Children's Menu Labeling Designs on Family Purchases. Holmes AS, Serrano E, Machin J, Duetsch T, Davis G. Appetite 2012.

Effect of a Grocery Store Intervention on Sales of Nutritious Foods to Youth and Their Families. Holmes AS, Estabrooks PA, Davis GC, Serrano E. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2012 Apr 16.

A comparison of fruits, vegetables, sugar-sweetened beverages, and desserts in the packed lunches of elementary school children. Farris AR, Misyak S, Duffey KJ, Mann GR, Davis GC, Hosig K, Atzaba-Poria N, McFerren MM, Serrano EL. Child Obes. 2015 Jun;11(3):275-80.

Nutritional comparison of packed and school lunches in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children following the implementation of the 2012-2013 National School Lunch Program standards.Farris AR, Misyak S, Duffey KJ, Davis GC, Hosig K, Atzaba-Poria N, McFerren MM, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Nov-Dec;46(6):621-6.

"Snacks are not food". Low-income, urban mothers' perceptions of feeding snacks to their preschool-aged children. Fisher JO, Wright G, Herman AN, Malhotra K, Serrano EL, Foster GD, Whitaker RC. Appetite. 2015 Jan;84:61-7.

Food waste in a school nutrition program after implementation of new lunch program guidelines. Byker CJ, Farris AR, Marcenelle M, Davis GC, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 Sep-Oct;46(5):406-11.

New NSLP guidelines: challenges and opportunities for nutrition education practitioners and researchers. Byker CJ, Pinard CA, Yaroch AL, Serrano EL. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):683-9.

HNFE 4624 Community Nutrition
HNFE 5604 Principles of Public Health and Nutrition
ALS 4204 Concepts of Community Food Systems

2001, Ph.D., Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

1997, M.S., Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

1989, B.A., Development Studies, UC Berkeley

Elena Serrano

540-231-3464
serrano@vt.edu

HNFE
327 Wallace Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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