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center for obesity research and education (CORE)

Research Studies

 

Investigator:  Katherine W. Bauer, PhD, MS

 

The Effect of In-Classroom Breakfast Feeding on Children’s Food Security and Participation in the School Breakfast Program

The purpose of this study is to identify the effect of implementation of the School Breakfast Program via in-classroom feeding versus cafeteria feeding on food insecure students' breakfast habits and families' food security status. Funding source: University of Kentucky Poverty Research Center Research Program on Childhood Hunger, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA


Identifying the Impact of Maternal Dieting on Children: A Randomized Trial
This study aims to identify to the collateral effects of mothers' dieting and weight-loss efforts on adolescent weight status, weight-control behaviors, and the family environment. Funding source: Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work Research Seed Grant

 

 

Investigator:  Chantelle Hart, PhD

 

Enhancing Sleep Duration: Effects on Children’s Eating and Activity Behaviors
The purpose of this grant is to determine whether an intervention to increase sleep duration in school-age children affects eating and activity behaviors, and zBMI. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI


Increasing Sleep Duration: A Novel Approach to Weight Control
The purpose of the project is to translate the basic science on sleep duration into a novel intervention to reduce obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities. Funding source: NIH/NCI


Preventing Excessive Gestational Weight Gain in Obese Women
The purpose of this grant is to determine the efficacy of a multicomponent intervention to prevent excessive gestational weight gain in a multiethnic population. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI


Asthma and Physical Activity in Urban Children: Cultural and Contextual Factors
The purpose of this grant is to understand how asthma symptomatology affects engagement in physical activity. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI


Developing a Preschool Obesity Intervention for Families Enrolled in WIC
The purpose of this grant is to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a community-based preschool obesity intervention that is specifically designed for families who are enrolled in WIC. Funding source: NIH/NICHD


Food Choices in Overweight & Normal Weight Adolescents-Sleep & Circadian Rhythms
The proposed study uses a sophisticated experimental paradigm-forced desynchrony-to assess circadian and sleep-wake homeostatic parameters in normal weight and overweight adolescents, and to determine the relative contribution of circadian phase and time awake on eating behaviors and food choices. Funding source: NIH/NIDDK

 

 

Investigator:  Jennifer Fisher, PhD

 

Reducing Solid Fat and Added Sugar Intakes in Low-Income Preschoolers through Environmental and Behavioral Portion Size Strategies
The primary objective research is to reducing excessive energy intakes among low-income preschoolers from foods high in solid fats and added sugars (SFAS) through authoritative portion size strategies. Funding source: USDA AFRI


Parenting Contributions to Child Self-Regulation, Energy Intake, and Weight
The primary objective research is to reducing excessive energy intakes among low-income preschoolers from foods high in solid fats and added sugars (SFAS) through authoritative portion size strategies. Funding source: NIH/NICHD


Breakfast Consumption and Childhood Obesity Among Low Income, Ethnically Diverse Youth
The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate the effects of a school breakfast policy initiative (SBPI) on the incidence of overweight and obesity as well as breakfast patterns (both inside and outside of school) among 4th-6th grade children in 16 K-8 schools over a 2-year period. Funding source: USDA AFRI

 

Snacking in Young Children: Parental Definitions, Goals, and Feeding Practices
Focusing on low-income African American and Hispanic families with preschool-aged children, this study will: qualitatively describe parents' definitions of child snacking and their approaches to feeding children snacks (Aim 1); rigorously develop and test a quantitative measure of these constructs (Aim 2); and evaluate relationships between parenting specific to child snacking and (a) parents' general child feeding practices and styles (b) children's nutrition and weight- related outcomes (Aim 3). Funding source: NIH/NICHD

 

 

Investigator: Sharon Herring, MD, MPH

 

Preventing Postpartum Weight Retention Among Low-Income, Black Women
The purpose of this study is to minimize postpartum weight retention among overweight or moderately obese low-income, Black mothers by developing, implementing, and then evaluating a web-based, combined pregnancy and postpartum, behavioral intervention. Funding source: NIH/NHLBI

 

The Influence of Postpartum Sleep Duration on Adiposity and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Urban, Low-Income Mothers
The scientific goal of the proposed research is to use observational epidemiology to examine the influence of postpartum sleep duration on adiposity and cardiometabolic risk factors in a large cohort of urban, low-income mothers. Funding source: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

 

The Role of No-Calorie Sweetened Beverages within a Weight Loss Behavior Change Program and During Subsequent Weight Maintenance
To test the hypothesis that the amount of weight lost/maintained in a behavioral weight loss program will be equivalent in subjects consuming soda with non-nutritive sweeteners compared to water. Funding source: American Beverage Association

 

 

Investigator: Matthew O'Brien, MD, MSc

 

Promotora-Led Lifestyle Intervention to Promote Weight Loss in Latinas At-Risk for Diabetes
This research has identified behavioral targets for preventing diabetes in Latinas, the demographic group with the highest lifetime risk of developing diabetes. The intervention component of the study is modeled after the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and is delivered by lay health workers, or promotoras. Funding source: NIH/NIDDK

 

 

Investigator: Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH

 

Preventing Chronic Disease in the United States
Ms. Pomeranz will work with the Vitality Institute to look at how the law obstructs and supports prevention and health promotion in the workplace and for vulnerable populations related to major risks, including tobacco, unhealthy diet, inactivity, and chronic disease outcomes. Funding source: The Vitality Group, Inc.

 

 

Investigator: Robert Whitaker, MD, MPH

 

Early Risk Factors for Obesity: Parenting, Child Behavior, and Attachment
To determine how the emotional quality of early parent-child relationships affects the risk of childhood obesity. Funding source: NIDDK/NIH


Reducing Solid Fat and Added Sugar Intakes in Low-Income Preschoolers through Environmental and Behavioral Portion Size Strategies
The primary objective research is to reducing excessive energy intakes among low-income preschoolers from foods high in solid fats and added sugars (SFAS) through authoritative portion size strategies. Funding source: USDA AFRI