The Obesity Program is committed to learning the best ways to prevent and treat childhood obesity through research and program evaluations, such as:

  • EPICH and Parent Partnership
    • Engaging Parents in Child Health (EPICH) is a research study funded by the Safeway Foundation. The goal of this study is to better understand how families can help each other make better eating and activity choices that result in better weight management.
    • The Parent Partnership Project is a research study funded by the National Institutes of Health and builds on previous studies of pediatric behavioral weight management. The goal of the study is to determine if parents who previously received treatment can provide a similar level of care compared to professional interventionists.
  • Neighborhood Effects on Children's Health
    • Where children live can have short- and long-term impacts on their growth and development. We are trying to understand more about how neighborhood environments are related to the well-being of children ages 6 to 11, including their eating and physical activity.
  • Travel Assessment and Community (TRAC) Project
    • We are learning more about how a person's neighborhood relates to their activity, where they go and their overall well-being. The goal is to better understand the relationship between where people live and their overall health.