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Date:11/15/2010

diatric obesity. The program has the potential to alter both policy and practice."

The goals of the seven-year project are to reduce obesity and high blood pressure by increasing physical activity, along with healthy eating, sleep, and stress management. Four hundred and fifty overweight and obese students from 50 CMSD schools will participate in the study. The students will be recruited through a screening program established through an existing partnership between CMSD and Case Western Reserve Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Each student will be randomized into one of three groups that offer different behavioral interventions focusing on the child and his/her family: 1.) HealthyCHANGE a behavioral approach focusing on building skills and increasing intrinsic motivation; 2.) SystemCHANGE a behavioral approach focusing on redesign of the family environment and daily routines; 3.) Customary Care a traditional approach, focused primarily on providing educational materials, using those methods currently practiced in intervention programs.

Half of the participating CMSD schools participate in the YMCA's successful We Run This City (WRTC) Youth Marathon program. They will receive nutrition education, a fresh produce "Try It" program, and additional programmatic support for the WRTC program.

Cleveland's COPTR initiative builds on existing successful programs and partnerships to facilitate the research:

  • UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital has championed the fight against pediatric obesity for many years. For example, one of the program's three behavioral interventions, HealthyCHANGE, was developed and initially tested at the hospital. In addition, it developed and implemented the successful Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight program for overweight children and youth. The Center for Child Health and Policy, directed by Dr. Cuttler, is at the forefront of many initiatives and policy analyses that address childhood obesi
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Contact: Jessica Studeny
jessica.studeny@case.edu
216-368-4692
Case Western Reserve University
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