Welcome to Dr. Erica Soltero’s Physical Activity and Prevention Research Lab.
The goal of our research is to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes disparities in high-risk, minority youth. To achieve this goal, we use qualitative and quantitative strategies to understand the physiological, social (i.e. social determinants), environmental, and cultural factors that contribute to disease. This information informs the development and implementation of disease prevention strategies focused on improving health behaviors to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes. Our program of research applies a translational approach that includes clinical and community research collaborations in the following areas:
- Examining the dependent and interdependent impact of 24-hour physical activity and sleep cycles on obesity and related disease outcomes.
- Community and clinic-based implementation of culturally grounded, diabetes prevention programs.
- Technology-based strategies (i.e. text messages, personal activity trackers) to promote healthy 24-hour physical activity and sleep behaviors.