Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education
University of California
Niños Saños, Familia Sana: Family Nutrition Education

L. Karina Diaz Rios

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CE Specialist in Nutrition
University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
312B Social Sciences & Management
Merced, CA 95343
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Dr. Díaz Rios joined ANR as the first CE Specialist housed in UC Merced. She obtained her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois after completing a Bachelors in Dietetics and a Masters in Medical Sciences at the University of Guanajuato in México. Her research and extension activities focus on preventing malnutrition in at-risk populations through the development, adaptation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally sensitive approaches to promote healthy eating and feeding practices. In her role as the Co-Director of the Blum Center for Alleviating Poverty and Social Disparities at UC Merced, she is supporting efforts to understand and improve food security in local and regional communities. Dr. Díaz Rios is a Registered Dietitian, credentialed both in Mexico and in the US, with extensive experience assessing, diagnosing, treating, and monitoring diet-related conditions, both in clinical and research settings. She is currently serving as the ANR Associate Editor for Food and Nutrition.


R.D. Dietetics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2016
Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2013
M.S. Medical Sciences, University of Guanajuato. 2008
B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Guanajuato. 2005


Community nutrition; culturally relevant nutrition education;

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