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FY 2010 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., $4,776,312. This project will develop obesity prevention strategies for at-risk children that focus on the entire food environment to increase access to healthy food, promote physical activity and other healthy behaviors. These strategies will then be used to develop prevention curricula used in Head Start, preschool. and early elementary classrooms.

California State University, Chico, Calif., $149,970. The goal of this project is to identify and pilot-test strategies for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income Hmong, Latino and white parents and young children via the promotion of locally available ethnic produce.

University of California, Davis, Calif., $4,810,266. This project will look at the economic and education factors associated with the higher prevalence of obesity in Mexican-heritage children in California and implement nutrition and physical activity curricula to slow the rate of weight gain among Mexican-heritage children.

California State University, Long Beach, Calif., $3,750,000. This educational project will provide 35 graduate fellowship opportunities and graduate level certificate programs that will prepare students for careers that lead to improvements in health and nutrition and reduction of obesity among Latinos.

University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill., $950,000. This project will adapt, implement, and disseminate “Hip Hop to Health,” an evidence-based obesity prevention intervention, through a partnership with the University of Illinois Extension Cook County and the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion.

University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill., $4,500,000. This project will establish a new transdisciplinary PhD/MPH degree program focused on childhood obesity prevention.

National Nutrient Databank Steering Committee, Inc., Iowa City, Iowa, $50,000. This grant will sponsor this conference where scientists can share food composition data and discuss what information scientists and policy makers need to help guide their research and decision making.

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, $4,500,652. The long-range goal of this project is to mobilize capacity in communities to create and sustain an environment and culture of healthy eating and physical activity to prevent childhood obesity in low-income young children in rural communities.

University of Maryland, College Park, Md., $49,975. This grant will develop a conference that will bring researchers together to develop a nutrition education curriculum for low-income parents of preschool-aged children with the ultimate goal of reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., $4,976,807. This project will develop an obesity intervention program based on the premise that enhancing a child’s ability to control certain emotions and behaviors is a key component of effective obesity prevention.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., $947,093. This project will expand a successful nutrition education school enrichment kit program into all elementary schools in the Lincoln Public School District.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, $3,026,939. This project will work to gain a better understanding of how the “food environment” — which includes social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors — affects patterns of childhood obesity and then work with community leaders and organizations to develop community-driven, culturally appropriate environmental and policy changes that increase access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity within communities.

Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, N.J., $149,997. This project will test the effectiveness of optimal defaults, a concept related to choice-based health behaviors, to generate new knowledge of the behavioral factors that influence energy intake and expenditure, which in turn influence childhood obesity.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, $4,490,000. This project will adapt and create valid, reliable instruments for assessing the degree to which home environments and lifestyles prevent excessive weight gain, provide inservice training for home visitation staff and online facilitators and provide informal education of parents.

New York University School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., $4,674,354. This project will determine the effectiveness of a primary-care based, family-centered early obesity prevention programs beginning in the prenatal period and continuing throughout the first three years of life.

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, $4,878,865. This project will work with Cooperative Extension in six Western states to engage rural people in community-based research to assess features in rural communities that either prevent or promote obesity and use that information to implement an obesity intervention program in three counties in Oregon to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity.

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., $4,500,000. This project will establish the Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Training Program to provide sustainable, comprehensive, problem-based training to help prevent child obesity.

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., $3,688,341. This project’s goal is to develop obesity prevention strategies that focus on adjusting portion size to lower the amount of fat and sugar in children’s diets.

South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., $4,125,165. This project will implement a transdisciplinary graduate education and training program that will expand the graduate students understanding of the behavioral, social, biological and environmental causes of childhood obesity in order to implement and research evidence based multidisciplinary approaches to prevent childhood obesity.

Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., $4,683,561. This project will develop obesity intervention methods for low-income Women, Infants and Children assistance participant families with children ages 2-5, with a focus on African American and Hispanic families.

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, $4,194,603. This project will develop a family-focused, culturally competent, obesity prevention program focusing on self-regulation of energy intake among African American and Latino preschooler.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, Texas, $4,965,999. The goal of this project will be to use family-focused garden, nutrition and physical activity programs to reduce childhood obesity.

The Social & Health Research Center, San Antonio, Texas, $2,000,000. This project is aimed at developing an innovative instrument in estimating dietary intake, which is useful in determining the effectiveness of obesity prevention and nutritional programs in elementary school systems.

West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V., $4,732,961. This project will team with public schools to examine the environmental and behavioral factors of childhood obesity and develop intervention strategies that can be used by parents, teachers and community members.