Grant combats childhood obesity

Grant combat childhood obesity

Case Western Reserve University was awarded a $12.5- million grant by the NIH to reduce instances of obesity and high blood pressure in urban youth in Cleveland—where the childhood overweight and obesity rates are about 40 percent.

In partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the university will lead a seven-year, multi-factorial project, which will utilize three behavioral interventions to increase physical activity, promote healthy eating, encourage a full night's rest and reduce screen time for children. The program is one of only four selected across the country under the NIH's Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Research initiative.

"This program uses a unique approach to give families and children the tools they need to change their behavior, including interventions for their homes, at their schools and within the broader community," says Leona Cuttler, MD, the William T. Dahms Professor of Pediatrics and professor of bioethics at the School of Medicine and director of the Center for Child Health and Policy at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital.