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Jinan  Banna

Name :

Jinan Banna

Title :

Associate Prof. in Human Nutrition

Unit :

Department of Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences

Address :

1955 East-West Rd.
                  Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Ag Sciences Building 314C

Phone :

(808) 956-7857

E-mail :

Website :

Specialties :

Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition

Professional Prep/Appointments :

Doctor of Philosophy, Nutritional Biology
Minors: Epidemiology and Statistics, International and Community Nutrition
University of California, Davis; 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Minor: Health/Exercise Science
University of California, Santa Barbara; 2005

Projects :

Parental Practices Supporting Positive Eating Behaviors During Independent Eating Occasions Among Early Adolescent Children 

Understanding Eating Habits of International College Students

Minimizing Food Waste in Adolescents: Understanding Perspectives to Inform Design of Educational Messages

Preventing Excessive Gestational Weight Gain via Short Mobile Messages in WIC  

Selected Courses Taught:

FSHN 185 Science of Human Nutrition
FSHN 451 Community Nutrition
FSHN 452 Nutrition Education and Program Evaluation
FSHN 491 Understanding Nutrition Research
FSHN 499 Directed Reading and Research in Undergraduate Nutrition
FSHN 686 Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition
FSHN 689 Nutritional Epidemiology
FSHN 699 Directed Reading and Research in Graduate Nutrition
FSHN 700 Thesis Research
FSHN 800 Dissertation Research

Academic Interests :

Nutrition Education, Community Nutrition

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Selected Publications :

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography


*Macchi A, Banna JC, *Moreira S, Campos M, Palacios C. Effect of a Short Messaging Service (SMS) intervention delivered to caregivers on energy, nutrients, and food group intake of infant participants of the WIC program. Frontiers in Public Health. 2022; 10:986330.

Richards R, Stokes N, Banna JC, Cluskey M, Bergen M, *Thomas V, *Bushnell M, *Christensen R. A comparison of experiences with factors related to food insecurity between food secure and food insecure college students: a qualitative study. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2022; S2212-2672(22)00729-8.

Jaafar Z, Ayoub J, Hamadeh R, Baydoun S, Honein-AbouHaidar G, Banna J, Alameddine M, Naja F. A triangulated perspective for understanding CAM use in Lebanon:  a qualitative study. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2022;22(1):204.   

Monroe-Lord L, Anderson A, Jones B, Richards R, Reicks M, Gunther C, Banna J, Topham G, Lora K, Wong SS, Ballejos M, Hopkins L, Ardakani A. relationship between family racial/ethnic backgrounds, parenting practices and styles, and adolescent eating behaviors. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2022;19:7388.   

*Odegard B, *Ferguson MR, Naja F, Ayoub J, Banna JC. A qualitative investigation of the perceptions of complementary and alternative medicine among adults in Hawaiʻi. BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. 2022;22:128.     

Hunter K, Johnson B, Askie L [and 57 others, including Banna JC]. Transforming Obesity Prevention for CHILDren (TOPCHILD) Collaboration: protocol for a systematic review with individual participant data meta-analysis of behavioural interventions for the prevention of early childhood obesity. BMJ Open. 2022;12(1):e048166.     

Johnson B, Hunter K, Golley R [and 57 others, including Banna JC]. Unpacking the behavioural components and delivery features of early childhood obesity prevention interventions in the TOPCHILD Collaboration: a systematic review and intervention coding protocol. BMJ Open. 2022;12(1):e048165.     

Monroe-Lord L, Jones B, Richards R, Reicks M, Gunther C, Banna J, Topham G, Anderson A, Lora K, Wong SS, Ballejos M, Hopkins L, Ardakani A. Parenting practices and adolescent eating behaviors in African American families. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022;19, 110.

*Danible K, Panizza C, Boushey CJ, Kerr DA, Zhu F, Banna JC. A novel tool for measuring food waste: the mobile food record. Journal of Extension. 2021;59(3), Article 1.  

*Huwaiken M, Palacios C, Banna JC. Effect of a text intervention during pregnancy on birth weight in participants of the WIC program in Hawaii. Curr Dev Nutr. 2020; 4(Suppl 2):1009.  

Garner JA, Proaño GV, Kelley K, Fisher R, Banna JC, Emenaker NJ, Sauer K. Revising the Academy’s research priorities: methods of the Research Priorities and Strategies Development Taskforce, 2017-2019. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2020;S2212-2672(20)31384-8.     

Fialkowski MK, *Calabrese A, *Dirige B, Banna JC, *Yiu E, *Gibson J, Stewart M, Lin G, Novotny R. Student perception of a placed-based online introductory nutrition course for the Pacific. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal. 2020;64:50-57.  

*Webster A, Banna JC, Lim E, *Gibby CK, *Rose A, Hopkins LC, Kennel JA, Orchard T, Bomser JA, Gunther C. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding dietary sodium in college students: a pilot test. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2020;52(12):1139-1147.

*Holmes H, Palacios C, Wu Y, Banna JC. Effect of a short message service intervention on excessive gestational weight gain in a low-income population: a randomized controlled trial. Nutrients. 2020;12(5):1428. 

Buchthal OV, Nelson-Hurwitz D, Hsu LJ, Byers M, Banna JC. Identifying urban immigrant food-cultivation practices for culturally-tailored garden-based nutrition programs. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2020;22(4):778-785.

Reicks M, Banna J, Anderson A, Da Silva V, Gunther C, Hongu N, Jones C, Lora K, Richards R, Topham G, Wong SS. Development of parent and adolescent questionnaires to assess food parenting practices that address adolescent consumption during independent eating occasions. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2020;52(3):307-313.

Fialkowski MK, *Calabrese A, Tillinghast B, Titchenal A, Meinke W, Banna JC, Draper J. Open educational resource textbook impact on students in an introductory nutrition course. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2020;52(4):359-368.  

Banna JC, Richards R, Jones B, Anderson A, Reicks M, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Lora K, Misner S, Monroe-Lord L, Topham G, Wong SS, Lim E. Describing independent eating occasions among low-income adolescents. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(3):E981.

*Gibby C, Palacios C, Campos M, *Graulau R, Banna JC. Acceptability of a text message-based intervention for obesity prevention in infants from Hawaii and Puerto Rico WIC. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019;19(1):291.

Gunther C, Reicks M, Banna J, *Suzuki A, Topham G, Richards R, Lora K, Anderson A, da Silva V, Penicka C, Hopkins LC, Cluskey M, Hongu N, Jones C, Monroe-Lord L, Wong SS. Food parenting practices that influence early adolescents' food choices during independent eating occasions. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2019;51(8):993-1002. 

*Zhao C, *Panizza C, *Fox K, Boushey C, Shanks C, Ahmed S, Chen S, Serrano E, Zee J, Fialkowski M, Banna JC. Plate waste in school lunch: barriers, motivators and perspectives of SNAP-eligible early adolescents in the US. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2019;51(8):967-975.

*Graulau R, Banna JC, Campos M, *Gibby C, Palacios C. Amount, preparation and type of formula consumed and its association with weight gain in infants participating in the WIC Program in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Nutrients. 2019;11(3):695.

Reicks M, Davey C, Anderson A, Banna JC, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Jones B, Richards R, Topham G, Wong SS. Frequency of eating alone among adolescents is associated with adolescent dietary intake, perceived food-related parenting practices and weight status: cross-sectional Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) Study results. Public Health Nutrition. 2019;22(9):1555-1566.

*Amore L, Buchthal OV, Banna JC. Let’s talk food: identifying perceived barriers and enablers of healthy eating in college students in Hawai’i: a qualitative study using focus groups. BMC Nutrition. 2019;5:16.  

*Gibby C, Palacios C, Campos M, Lim E, Banna J. Breastfeeding discontinuation not associated with maternal pregravid BMI but associated with Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander race in Hawaii and Puerto Rico WIC participants.Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2019;23:19.

Banna JC, O’Driscoll J, Boushey CJ, Auld G, Olson B, Cluskey M, Edlefsen Ballejos M, Bruhn C, Misner S, Reicks M, Wong SS, Zaghloul S. Parent and household influences on calcium intake among early adolescents. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):1390.

*Gibby C, Palacios C, Lim E, Banna JC. Associations between gestational weight gain and rate of infancy weight gain in Hawaii and Puerto Rico WIC participants. BMC Obesity. 2018;5:41. 

Banna JC, Bersamin A. Community involvement in design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions to reduce chronic diseases in indigenous populations in the US: a systematic review. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2018; 17(1):116.

Palacios C, Campos M, *Gibby C, Melendez M, Lee J, Banna J. Effect of a multi-site trial using short message service (SMS) on infant feeding practices and weight gain in low-income minorities. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2018;37(7):605-613.

Banna JC, *Panizza CE, Boushey CJ, Delp EJ, Lim E. Association between cognitive restraint, uncontrolled eating, emotional eating and BMI and the amount of food wasted in early adolescent girls. Nutrients. 2018;10(9):1279. 

*Mosley MA, Banna JC, Lim E, Fialkowski MK, Novotny R. Dietary patterns change over two years in female adolescents in Hawai'i. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2018; 27(1):238-245.

Butel J, Banna JC, Novotny R, Franck K, Parker S, and Stephenson L. Validation of a collaboration readiness assessment tool for use by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) agencies and partners. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017;PubMed PMID: 29246568.

Banna JC, Campos M, *Gibby C, *Graulau R, Melendez M, Reyes A, Lee JE, Palacios C. Multi-site trial using short mobile messages (SMS) to improve infant weight in low-income minorities: Development, implementation, lessons learned and future applications. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2017;62:56-60.

Byker CJ, Banna JC, Serrano EL. Food waste in the National School Lunch Program: 1978-2015. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017;117(11):1792-1807.

Banna JC, McCrory M, Fialkowski MK, Boushey CJ.  Examining plausibility of self-report energy intake data: considerations for method selection. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2017;4:45.

*Suzuki A, Choi SY, Lim E, Tauyan S, Banna JC. Evaluation of factorial validity and reliability of a food behavior checklist for low-income Filipinos. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017;49:593-598.   

*Panizza C, Boushey CJ, Delp E, Kerr D, Lim E,Gandhi K, Banna JC.Characterizing early adolescent food waste using the mobile food record. Nutrients. 2017;9(2): 93. 

Banna JC, Richards R, Brown LB. College students' perceived differences between the terms real meal, meal, and snack. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017;49:228-235.

*Martinez Y, Banna JC, Bellajos M, Bruhn C, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Johnston P, Misner S, Reicks M, Richards R, Wong SS. Evaluation of messages to promote intake of calcium-rich foods in early adolescents. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. 2016;9(2):110-120. 

Banna JC, Gilliland B, Keefe M, Zheng D. Cross-cultural comparison of perspectives on healthy eating among Chinese and American young adults. BioMed Central Public Health. 2016;16:1015.

*Mosley MA, Delormier T, Banna JC. Food-related beliefs of adolescent girls ages 9-13 and their caregivers on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health. 2016; 75(4):101-108.

Banna JC, Reicks M, Gunther C, Richards R, Bruhn C, Cluskey M, Hongu N, Johnston NP, Misner S, Wong SS. Evaluation of emotion-based messages designed to motivate Hispanic and Asian parents of early adolescents to engage in calcium-rich food and beverage parenting practices. Nutrition Research and Practice. 2016;10(4):1-8. 

Banna JC, Buchthal OV, Delormier T, Creed-Kanashiro HM, Penny ME. Influences on Eating: A Qualitative Study of Adolescents in a Periurban Area in Lima, Peru. BioMed Central Public Health. 2016;16(1):40.   

Banna JC, Buchthal OV, Tauyan S. Assessing face validity of a food behavior checklist for limited-resource Filipinos. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health. 2015;74(10): 334-340. 

Reicks M, Banna JC, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Hongu N, Richards R, Topham G, Wong SS. Influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors of early adolescents during independent eating occasions: implications for obesity prevention. Nutrients. 2015;7(10): 8783-8801.

Banna JC, Lin MF, Stewart MS, Fialkowski MK.  Interaction matters: Strategies to promote engaged learning in an online introductory nutrition course. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. 2015;11(2):249-261. 

*Galloway J, Nigg C, Liu M, Banna JC. Predictors of change in physical activity and fruit and vegetable intake in a multiethnic population in Hawaii at 6 and 12 months follow-up. International Journal of Applied Psychology. 2015;5(2):45-53.

Banna JC, Fialkowski MK, Townsend MS.  Misreporting of dietary intake affects estimated nutrient intakes in low-income Spanish-speaking women. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115(7):1124-1133.

Banna JC, Kaiser LL, Drake C, Townsend MS.  Acculturation, physical activity and television viewing in Hispanic women: Findings from the 2005 California Women’s Health Survey. Public Health Nutr. 2012;15(2):198-207.

Banna JC, Townsend MS. Assessing factorial and convergent validity and reliability of a food behaviour checklist for Spanish-speaking participants in U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition education programmes.  Public Health Nutr. 2011;14(7):1165-1176.

Banna JC, Keim NL, Townsend MS. Assessing face validity of a physical activity questionnaire for Spanish-speaking women in California. J Extension. 2011;vol 49 (5):5FEA6.  Available at

Banna JC, Vera Becerra LE, Kaiser LL, Townsend MS.  Using qualitative methods to improve questionnaires for Spanish speakers: Assessing face validity of a food behavior checklist. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:80-90.


Bersamin A, Hernandez-Garbanzo Y, Atoloye A, Gonzalez J, Rios-Castillo I, May Oo T,  Banna JC, El Shikieri A, Bonsi E. Growing our commitment to promoting fruits and vegetables: looking beyond the international year of fruits and vegetables 2021. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2021; 53(11):909-910.

*Suzuki A, Banna JC. Improving diet quality for chronic disease prevention with okara “food waste.” American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2021;15(1):14-18. 

*Araujo Almeida V, Seto T, Banna JC. Considerations for measurement of sodium intake. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2020;14(6):585-588. 

*Bennett J, *Deslippe A, *Crosby C, Belles S, Banna J. Electrolytes and cardiovascular disease risk. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2020;14(4):361-365.

*Holmes H, *Araujo Almeida V, Boushey C, Banna JC. Use of technology for dietary assessment in immigrant populations. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2019;14(2):118-121.   

McGlone K, Banna JC. A unique, innovative, easy-to-use program to improve young children’s attitudes about and consumption of fruits and vegetables. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2019;14(1):24-27.   

*Keaulana S, Antonio M, *Schoch H, Banna JC. A literature review of the role of mindfulness practices in nutrition for mothers and their children. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2019;13(6):533-536.    

Banna JC. Obesity prevention in children in Latin America through interventions using technology. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2019;13(2):138–141.    

Banna JC. Considerations for evaluation of fruit and vegetable intake in low-literate Spanish-speaking participants in USDA food and nutrition education programs. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2019;13(3):235–238.  

Banna JC. Awareness of cancer risk: variation in measurement approaches. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2018;12(3):211-214. 

Banna JC. Considerations for evaluation of diabetes prevention programs in Hispanic adults in the US. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2018;12(1):21-24.

Languages :

English, Spanish