Dr. Yu Meng

Youth Family and Community Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension - Imperial County
1050 East Holton Road
Holtville, CA 92250-9615
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Dr. Yu Meng is the Youth Family and Community Advisor in Imperial County. She academically oversees UC CalFresh, 4-H Positive Youth Development, and Farm Smart program in Imperial County and conducts applied research. She has more than 5 years of experience conducting community nutrition research and developing youth development program. Her background is in Nutrition Science with an emphasis on community nutrition and public health. Dr. Meng is familiar with behavior principles, impact and process evaluation framework, and research-based intervention development. Her research and programmatic interests include food security, community/home gardening, building community capacity, youth engagement, and obesity prevention.


Ph.D. Nutrition Science, Oregon State University. 2018
M.S. Nutrition and Food Science, Utah State University. 2012
B.S. Food Science and Engineering, Southern China University of Technology. 2010



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Peer Reviewed

  • Keeney, Annie; Hernandez, Paola; Meng, Yu (In Press). Assessing Farm Stress and Community Supports in a US-Mexico Border County. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. https://elibrary.asabe.org/abstract.asp?aid=51956
  • McGuirt, J.T.; Cooke, N.K.; Burgermaster, M.; Enahora, B.; Huebner, G.; Meng, Y.; Tripicchio, G.; Dyson, O.; Stage, V.C.; Wong, S.S. (2020). Extended Reality Technologies in Nutrition Education and Behavior: Comprehensive Scoping Review and Future Directions. Nutrients. 22 September. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12092899
  • Patton-Lopez, M.; M., Manore M.; Branscum, A.; Meng, Y.; Wong, S.S. (2018). Changes in Sport Nutrition Knowledge, Attitudes/Beliefs and Behaviors Following a Two-Year Sport Nutrition Education and Life-Skills Intervention among High School Soccer Players. Nutrients.
  • Y, Meng; M, Manore M.; M.J., Schuna; M.M., Patton-Lopez; A., Branscum; S., Wong S. (2018). Promoting Healthy Diet, Physical Activity, and Life-Skills in High School Athletes: Results from the WAVE Ripples for Change Childhood Obesity Prevention 2-Year Intervention. Nutrients.
  • Y., Meng; S., Wong S.; M., Manore M.; M.M., Patton-Lopez (2018). WAVE Ripples for Change Obesity 2-y Intervention in High School Soccer Players: Process evaluation, best practices, and youth engagement. Nutrients.
  • Manore, M. M.; Patton-Lopez, M. M.; Meng, Y; Wong, S. S. (2017). Sport Nutrition Knowledge, Behaviors and Beliefs of High School Soccer Players. Nutrients.
  • SS., Wong; Y., Meng; N., Hongu; P.D., Loprinzi (2014). Smart applications to track and record physical activity: implications for obesity treatment. Smart Homecare Technology. 77.
  • Meng, Y.; Nemere, I. (2013). The Effects of 24R, 25Dihydroxyvitamin D3 and 24S, 25Dihydroxyvitamin D3 on Phosphate Transport in Vivo. Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry-Immunology, Endocrine and Metabolic Agents). 13:1, 60-67.
  • Sterling, T.M.; Khanal, R.C.; Meng, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Nemere, Y. (2013). Vitamin-Binding Proteins: Functional Consequences Rapid Pre-Gernomic Responses of Vitamin D, Chapter 5. CRC press.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Worker, Steven M; Meng, Yu; Marshall-Wheeler, Nicole (2020). 2020 Virtual State 4-H Field Day Evaluation Report. https://ucanr.edu/sites/sfd/files/333685.pdf
  • Lynn Cialdella-Kam, Megan Patton-Lopez (2020). A Comparison Of Body Image Perception And Weight Management In Latino And White Adolescent Soccer Players. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 7/1.
  • Tabarez, Paul; Meng, Yu (2020). CalFresh Healthy Living, UCCE Imperial County improves health by being first in Imperial County to pivot to online nutrition education. UC Deliver. June. http://www.ucanr.org/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=43178
  • Cathryn Johnson, Yu Meng (2020). California Youth Participatory Action Research Projects Illustrates the Need for Nutrition Staff Professional Development. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 52. 7/1.
  • Meng, Yu (2020). COVID-19 Imperial County Resources: Youth Family and Community. Ag Brief. April.
  • Meng, Yu (2020). Partnering with 4-H and High School Culinary Club to Provide School-Based Nutrition Education to Engage Latino Youth in Teaching Cooking Classes to Younger Youth and Adapting Healthy Eating Behaviors. 7/1.
  • Meng, Yu (2020). Promoting Healthy People and Community through Gardens. Ag Brief. May. http://ceimperial.ucanr.edu/newsletters/Ag_Briefs84883.pdf
  • Meng, Yu (2020). Support Youth Mental Healthy with 4-H. Ag Brief. July.
  • Meng, Yu; Martinez, Anita (2020). UCCE Imperial County 4-H Monthly/Bimonthly Newsletter. http://ceimperial.ucanr.edu/4h/Intercom/
  • Meng, Yu (2020). UCCE Imperial Online Programs Support Healthy Living and Youth Development. Ag Brief. Sep. http://ceimperial.ucanr.edu/newsletters/Ag_Briefs86488.pdf
  • Meng, Yu (2020). Using Comprehensive Approach to Implement Plan Shop Safe Cook Curriculum in a Low-income Hispanic Community. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 7/1.

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