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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 :


E-mail :

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 :

Preventing Excessive Gestational Weight Gain via Short Mobile Messages in WIC  (2017-2018)

Parental Practices Supporting Positive Eating Behaviors During Independant Eating Occasions Among Early Adolescent Children (2014-2019)

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:

Byker CJ, Banna JC, Serrano EL. Food waste in the National School Lunch Program: 1978-2015: a systematic review.
J Acad Nutr Diet. [In press]

Banna JC. Considerations for evaluation of diabetes prevention programs in Hispanic adults in the US. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. [In press] 

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. [In press]

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.

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.

Banna JC, Richards R, Brown LB. Perceptions of the terms “meal,” “real meal” and “snack” in a multiethnic population of young adults and implications for nutrition education initiatives. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2017;49:228-235.

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. 

Martinez Y, Bellajos M, Bruhn C, Cluskey M, Gunther C, Johnston P, Misner S, Reicks M, Richards R, Wong SS, Banna JC. Evaluation of messages to promote intake of calcium-rich foods in early adolescents. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. 2016; 9(2): 109-119.

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.

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):456-463.

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, Buchthal OV, Delormier T, Creed-Kanashiro HM, Penny ME. Influences on eating and physical activity behaviors: a qualitative study of adolescents in a periurban area in Lima, Peru. BioMed Central Public Health. 2016; 16(1):40.

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, 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.

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. Available at: 

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.

Languages :

English, Spanish