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Families like practical group wellness program -- and lose weight
Date:6/12/2014

re obese? This pilot is a small step toward understanding how to make intensive behavioral treatment available to families in a variety of settings (outside of research studies) where the group format makes treatment much more affordable and feasible to deliver. These settings might include doctor's offices, hospitalsand potentially community agencies that serve families.

What's next? The Family Wellness Program suggested social support is important for parents and children trying to make healthy lifestyle changes. Dr. Lozano is addressing these findings by leading CONNECT, a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. For this study, researchers created social network diagrams to help parents think about supportive and unsupportive interactions among family members, friends, and neighbors. The team will help families to develop an action plan to get people in their network on board with their goalspotentially widening the project's impact. Dr. Lozano's team is currently analyzing the results of the CONNECT study.


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Contact: Rebecca Hughes
hughes.r@ghc.org
206-287-2055
Group Health Research Institute
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