Sharon Sugerman, MS, RD, FA
Sharon Sugerman, MS, RD, FADA, manages the PHI research and evaluation staff of the California Department of Public Health's Network for a Healthy California, a social marketing initiative to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, increase physical activity, and reduce food insecurity, chronic diseases and obesity among low-income Californians.
Sugerman's research areas include diet and physical activity statewide surveys of adults, children and teens, communications/media projects and population-specific interventions. She has published research on fruit and vegetable consumption in California, dietary assessment measures, Hispanic food and shopping habits, and community-based cancer prevention programs.
She is a member of the editorial board of the California Women's Health Survey and the national More Matters Fruit and Vegetable Campaign Research Subcommittee.
Prior to the Network, Sugerman worked on a U.S. Department of Agriculture contract researching methodology to improve data collection for national nutrition monitoring surveys. Earlier, she held research dietitian positions with community-based Hispanic and African-American chronic disease risk reduction projects at Northwestern University, Loyola University and the Illinois Cancer Council.
Sugerman is a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. She earned master's degrees in rehabilitation psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and in nutrition and medical dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Administrative and Programmatic Support for Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs
Poor diet and physical inactivity are among the leading causes of preventable death in California and play a major role in a host of chronic diseases and health-threatening conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Since 1986, PHI has joined with the Cancer Control Branch of the California Department of Public Health at the forefront of statewide efforts to increase the number of Californians who eat healthful diets and do regular physical activity. Under this grant, PHI staff is to continue to provide leadership and ongoing development for the Network for a Healthy California and the California 5 a Day Plus Physical Activity Campaign, including its programs targeted to children, Latinos, African-Americans and low-income families.
Impact Evaluation Study for the Network for a Healthy California's Latino Campaign
The Network for a Healthy California Latino Campaign is a multi-channel social marketing campaign that uses tailored, focus-group tested materials and a variety of methods to empower low-income Latino adults and their families to consume fruits and vegetables and exercise every day. The Impact Evaluation Study for the Latino Campaign is a quasi-experimental study. Pre and post-intervention measures include campaign exposure and recall, change in fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity behavior and related psychosocial constructs.
Media Benchmark Survey
The Network for a Healthy California develops targeted social marketing campaigns, mass media messages and resources for U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants and other low-income Californians. The Benchmark Survey evaluates campaign recall, assesses the relationship of dietary and physical activity practices relative to media exposure and psychosocial determinants, and examines knowledge, attitudes and beliefs towards diet and physical activity.
Consumption of Sugar- Sweetened Beverages Among California Women, 2009 (2012)
Food Security Status and the Prevalence of Diet-Related Chronic Diseases Among California Women, 2009 (2012)
Perceived Effective Weight Control Strategies by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation and Income Among California Women (2012)
California Adults Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption From 1997-2007 (2011)
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011; 43:4, Supplement 2, S96-103.| View
California Hispanic Women's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption by Years in the United States, 2007 (2011)
A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey highlights its finding that years in the U.S. is not a associated with a decline in fruit and vegetable consumption among women who are Mexican-American immigrants. | Download
California Women's Diet Quality by Household Food Security Status, 2007 (2011)
A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey's examination of the relationship between women's household food security status and their fruit and vegetable consumption, providing insight into their current, and potentially long-term, health. | Download
Disparities in Prevalence of Obesity among California Women, 2007 (2011)
A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey, which asked women to self-report their height and weight, which were used to calcualte their body mass index.| Download
Effect of Fresh Fruit Availability at Worksites on the Fruit and Vegetable Consumption of Low-Wage Employees (2011)
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011; 43:4, Supplement 2, S113-121| View
Health of California Women Receiving Food Stamps, 2006-2007 (2011)
A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey highlights that 75 percent of the adult heads of households receiving food stamps in California were women. A general health profile for women receiving food stamps can be drawn from the survey.| Download
Reliability of a Retail Food Store Survey and Development of an Accompanying Retail Scoring System to Identify Vendors for Healthy Food and Marketing (2011)
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011; 43:4, Supplement 2, S104-112| View
Using an Opinion Poll to Build an Obesity-Prevention Social Marketing Campaign for Low-Income Asian and Hispanic Immigrants: Report of Findings (2011)
J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011; 43:4, Supplement 2, S53-66.| View
Prevalence of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Physical Activity by Gender and Race/Ethnicity - California, 2005-2006 (2008)
The Relationship between Healthy Weight, Physical Activity and Neighborhood Environmental Factors among California Women, 2005 (2008)
Dietary Assessment for CVD Risk Determination and Treatment (1998)
This constitutes Chapter 4 in:
A Practical Guide to the Nutritional Management of Cardiovascular Disease. (Kris-Etherton PM and Burns J. American Dietetic Association; 1998; Chicago, IL)
Dietary Assessment Resources, Appendix 1: A Practical Guide to the Nutritional Management of Cardiovascular Disease (1998)
In a Practical Guide to the Nutritional Management of Cardiovascular Disease. (Kris-Etherton PM and Burns J.; American Dietetic Association;1998; Chicago, IL)