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Title:La QuinceaƱera de Elisa
Alt. Title:Elisa's Quinceanera
Pub. date: 2008
Edition: 1st
Includes: online videos
Audience: Adults, Hispanic, Teenagers, Older Adults, High School, Junior High School
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Description:This is a telenovela developed to encourage low income Hispanic families to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors. It is comprised of eight 60 second episodes initially designed to play as PSA inserts on T.V. It is currently available on the K-State Kids a Cookin' Web site ( It is also available on You-Tube (
Funding Source: United Methodist Health Ministries Innovation Fund grant USDA SNAP-Ed
Developer: Karen Hudson, Debra Bolton
Organization: Kansas State University
Length: Eight 60 second episodes
Pilot Testing: A pilot was conducted with Spanish speaking immigrants in a mobile home park in Garden City, Kansas. It was shown on cable T.V. three times a day as commercial breaks, two episodes a week for four weeks. Pre and post tests were delivered. A key post survey question was: " Have you told friends and family about something you learned from the telenovela?" 83% of the 30 respondents answered "yes." This was an important question as a Porter Novelli Healthstyle Survey indicated "Hispanic, lower income, lower educated and younger age groups report more often learning something new about a health topic, taking action and providing health information to friends and family after hearing about a health topic on a telenovela.
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: This resource consists of a series of eight brief online videos, each imparting its own message of healthy lifestyle changes. The sequential videos tell the story of a teenage girl's attempt to become healthier for her quinceanera with the encouragement and support of her whole family. The girl chooses to eat fruit over chips and exercise more. Her father is also encouraged to get healthy to avoid diabetes. The family is encouraged to blend old traditions with new ones and enjoy special occasion treats in moderation.

The video resemble a Spanish style soap opera, or "telenovela" with traditional background music. Latin American viewers may relate to the style of programming and the cultural traditions presented in the series. The videos may be used to enhance nutrition education classes with teenagers, adults and older adults. Because they are short (about one minute each), the educator may choose to combine some or all of the videos when screening them in a classroom.

While the videos provide good basic messages, additional information will need to be imparted to participants to help them make healthy behavior changes. Educators may choose to discuss additional and more specific healthy behavior changes and exercises that could be made, and how the family could continue to stay healthy after the quinceneara. One of the videos provides a message encouraging breastfeeding, which is important but seems out of place with the rest of the series. A few episodes refer to recipes, which are available on the Kids a Cookin' Web site.

The videos can be viewed or downloaded either individually or as a full series for free on the Kids a Cookin' Web site. While the videos are only available in Spanish, they can be viewed with or without English subtitles. The Web site is currently only available in Spanish. Viewers may need to download a media player or a plug-in to watch the videos on their computers.

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Web site in Spanish:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Kansas Family Nutrition Program
    Contact: Karen Hudson
    Mail: Justin Hall Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
    Phone: 785-532-0177 or 785-532-5616
    Ordering: The DVD can not be ordered. However, it is available at the above website and can be downloaded and burned to a DVD. For assistance, contact
    Cost: 0.00 per
    Avail. in Qty: No

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