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Celebrity chefs are role models for millions of people, not only because they are well-known figures who have culinary skills, but also because they play an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle. However, despite the ubiquity, academic research and statistics into the role of celebrity chefs in modern society are limited. Due to this lack of information, the present study examines the interconnectivity of celebrity chefs and role models through Entertainment-Education approaches by conducting an online survey. In addition, this research provides new findings of the positive influence of celebrity chefs to increase healthy habits and gives insight into this under-researched field.

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Paola Andrea Albarran (United States of America)
West Texas A&M University (United States of America) 3190
Paola Albarran is the main anchor, executive producer and manager for KEYU Telemundo in Amarillo, TX. She is also a professor in the Department of Communication at West Texas A&M University. Paola joined KEYU in August of 2010 as an intern/multimedia journalist. After 11 months into her journalism career, Paola took on a new role as news anchor. In August of 2013, she was promoted to be the manager of the news team for Telemundo Amarillo. Paola has also been working as a college professor since 2011 at West Texas A&M University, where she combines her love for Communication Studies and Media Communication. Paola has taught a variety of classes including Communication Studies, Fundamentals of Communication, Public Speaking, and Communication Theory. Paola was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and started her journalism career at the age of 17 years old when she became a reporter for Channel 13. She graduated from Universidad Sergio Arboleda with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Mass Media. In 2009, just after graduating, she traveled to the United States and took ESL classes in Canyon, TX. Thanks to her tenacity and determination, she was accepted to do a M.A. in Communications at West Texas A&M University, where she graduated. Recently, she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Communication from Regent University. Paola loves both of her jobs. She enjoys travelling, reading, going to boxing classes, and eating a healthy meal with her loved ones. The most interesting places she has visited are Egypt and Israel, but she now dreams of going to Australia.
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