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Child Healthy Living

Promote healthy young children through obesity prevention skills…

Children’s Healthy Living Summer Institute (online)


Join this unique program to attain the knowledge and techniques to become leaders in promoting child health in the Pacific. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Childrenʻs Healthy Living Summer Institute (CHL SI) will help you build the strategic and critical thinking skills to be a leader in the region and engage in an established, well connected program.

The CHL SI provides an academic course of study aimed at prevention of childhood obesity and the promotion of child health. Upon completion, students will have the skills to assess, monitor and deliver culturally appropriate and regionally relevant child obesity prevention-related programs in a globally relevant and locally applicable training. A certificate of completion is awarded to students who successfully complete the program.

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The CHL SI is delivered fully online and in an on-demand, self-guided manner, allowing students to complete material at their own pace within specified time frames. This offers the greatest flexibility for students in the Pacific, a region that spans more than seven time zones and the international date line. Students participate in place-based curriculum, guided by instructors with extensive knowledge and partnerships with organizations that focus on child health. This offers students a wider network, and access to leading experts in the field and the region. For further information on the CHL SI please visit the program website.

Summer Courses

CHL SI is offering 8 courses completely online during summer 2018. Courses include the Science of Human Nutrition (Adapted for the Pacific), Lifespan Nutrition, Childhood Anthropometric and Dietary Assessment Field Techniques, Childhood Health and Nutrition Monitoring in the Pacific, Applied Professional Skills in Nutrition, Culture and Child Health in the Pacific, and Foundations of Childhood Obesity Prevention in the Pacific.

FSHN 185 The Science of Human Nutrition (3 credits)
Summer 1 (May 21– June 29, 2018)

Dr. Jinan Banna (Section 1)
Chloe Panizza (Section 2)

Summer 2 (July 2– August 10, 2018)
Michelle Laguana
This course provides an introduction to nutrition, emphasizing nutrient requirements of healthy individuals, food sources, and functions of nutrients, with an integration of Pacific-focused, natural science concepts. This course will also fulfill the Diversification – Biological Sciences (DB) and the Hawaiʻi, Asia, Pacific Issues (HAP) general education requirements.

FSHN 455 Childhood Anthropometric and Dietary Assessment Field Techniques (1 credit)
Summer 1 (May 21 - June 29, 2018)

Jessica Watson
This course simulates hands on training in the techniques used to measure body composition and collect dietary intake information with a particular emphasis on children. Pre: B or better in 185; or consent.

FSHN 360 Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition: Applied Professional Skills in Nutrition (1 credit)
Summer 2 (July 2–August 10, 2018)

Jessie Kai
This course provides students with an opportunity to apply skills in technology, research, and career development. Students will become more familiar with identifying evidence-based information and demonstrating their academic skill sets for future professional success through the use of technology.

FSHN 370 Lifespan Nutrition (3 credits)
Summer 2 (July 2–August 10, 2018)

Dr. Monica Esquivel
Nutritional requirements and food needs during infancy, early childhood and adolescence, and aging. Pre: C or better in CHEM 161/161L, B or better in 185; or consent. Co-requisite: PHYL 142/142L, or consent. This course will fulfill the Diversification – Biological Sciences (DB) and Writing Intensive (WI) general education requirements.

FSHN 454 Foundations of Childhood Obesity Prevention in the Pacific (3 credits)
Summer 2 (July 2–August 10, 2018)

Jeannie Butel
A basic overview of the causes and effects of childhood obesity, evidence-based approaches, community-based research, and policies to prevent childhood obesity as it relates to the Pacific region.

FSHN 456 Child Health and Nutrition Monitoring in the Pacific (1 credit)
Summer 2 (July 2–August 10, 2018)

Dr. Monica Esquivel
Explores the topics of current nutritional surveillance and monitoring systems, nutritional epidemiology and biostatistics, and the use of software for childhood health monitoring. Pre: B or better in 185; or consent.

FSHN 457 Culture and Child Health in the Pacific (3 credits)
Summer 2 (July 2–August 10, 2018)

Dr. Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla
Introduces the health needs of the Native Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Islander populations of Hawai‘i and the greater Pacific through a culturally-framed lens. After completion you will have the skills to be a culturally adaptive health practitioner. Pre: B or better in 185; or consent. This course fulfills the Hawaiʻi, Asia, Pacific Issues (HAP) and Writing Intensive (W) general education requirements.

Meet Your Instructors


Jeannie Butel is working on her doctorate in Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a Junior Researcher, and was the CHL Intervention Coordinator. She has taught both the CHL seminar and the Introduction to Public Health courses. Her work focuses on building capacity, empowering people to take action, and connecting people to place so they can make positive changes in their community. Jeannie volunteers with community groups and likes to spend time outdoors.


Dr. Jinan Banna is an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a registered dietitian, and completed her dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her research interest is in childhood obesity prevention and developing tools to assess food behaviors and dietary intake, particularly in Spanish-speaking populations. Dr. Banna teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels such as Community Nutrition, Concepts in Nutrition Education, and Advanced Child and Adolescent Nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys salsa dancing, hiking, outrigger canoe paddling, and yoga.


Dr. Monica Esquivel is an Assistant Professor and Dietetics Program Director at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She teaches a number of courses for the program including Medical Nutrition Therapy and Human Nutrition. She works with local agencies in Hawaiʻi to support environmental and policy approaches to promoting healthy eating and physical activity for children. Dr. Esquivelʻs free time is spent outrigger canoe paddling or surfing at Pokai Bay on West Oʻahu.


Jessie Kai is a doctoral student in Nutrition at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is from Hilo, Hawaiʻi and is passionate about helping her local community make healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Jessie has been a graduate teaching assistant for undergraduate courses and enjoys fostering the love of nutritional sciences in her studentsʻ lives. As a wahine maoli, she is committed to seeing the improvement in health and advancement of indigenous peoples. Jessie loves to spend time and learn from her 88-year-old grandmother whom she credits in teaching her to love and care for others and honua.


Michelle (Shelly) Blas Laguana just completed her first year as a PhD student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she is majoring in Nutrition. Shelly is from the island of Guam. Her interest in nutrition and health sparked in high school after she took the required health education course in which her health teacher, Mrs. Damian, made learning fun and exciting! From there she continued at the University of Guam and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Consumer and Family Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and then further completed a MS in Nutrition Education from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL. Shelly has been part of the University of Guam as an adjunct faculty teaching, with Cooperative Extension working with EFNEP and CHL, and as part of the Cancer Research Center collecting diet and lifestyle data on breast cancer survivors on Guam. Shelly aspires to finish her PhD degree and move back home and teach, inspiring others just as her health teacher inspired her. When she is not busy with school she enjoys exploring the beauty of Oʻahu with her husband Ron.


Chloe Panizza is a Dietitian and she received a Masters in Health Promotion from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Currently she is completing her PhD in Nutrition at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Chloe has worked extensively as a bariatric dietitian in private practice and developed and delivered preventative community health programs in Australia. Her research focus is on nutrition policy and assessing dietary patterns and index based scoring systems. Chloe holds a research assistantship from the Nutrition Support Shared Resource at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center. As part of her assistantship activities, she has played a significant role in an intervention study using the mobile food record. To relax, Chloe enjoys running, beach walks and long boarding


Dr. Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla is a kanaka ōʻiwi Assistant Professor in Human Nutrition and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She specializes in nutritional assessment and delivering nutrition education for the Pacific. Dr. Revilla has taught a number of online nutrition courses since 2013 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Dr. Revilla resides in Ahuimanu on the windward side of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi and enjoys spending time with her ohana, running and working in the yard.


Jessica Watson is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2012 and subsequently attended East Tennessee State University for her Masters of Science and Dietetic Internship, graduating in 2014. Jessica then attended her sports dietetics fellowship at the University of Tennessee and became Assistant Sports Dietitian working with football, basketball, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. In December 2014, Jessica was hired as the first Director of Sports Nutrition at Michigan State University and developed the University’s sports nutrition program, Spartans Fuel. The program served 800 athletes, housed three fueling stations across the campus and hired 30 undergraduate interns and one assistant sports dietitian per year. After her work in the collegiate sports nutrition field, Watson joined Naval Special Warfare as a Performance Dietitian under the Special Operations Command’s Human Performance Program. In addition to working full time with the military, Watson works with USA Hockey conducting video telephone conferences for the 14 and under, 16 and under and 18 and under divisions and is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

Please monitor the University of Hawaiʻi Outreach College this Summer Spotlight page or visit the CHL SI website for information on other courses that will be offered in future summers. In summer 2019 we plan to offer a Field Experience in Child Obesity Prevention.

For more information, contact Dr. Marie Kainoa Fialkowski Revilla at or 808-956-8337.

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 20 – June 28, 2019
  • Summer 2
    July 1 – August 9, 2019
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 20 – August 9, 2019

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 12
    UHM Continuing
    March 13
    New or Visiting
    March 19

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

Sinclair Library 310

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221