Childhood obesity has risen significantly in recent decades, increasing the health risks for youth and young adults. CCDTR investigators are studying ways to reduce obesity and prevent type 2 diabetes in youth. We have implemented and evaluated community-based, family-oriented interventions in partnership with schools, community health centers and other community-based organizations in and around the South Side of Chicago.
Power-Up is a weekly curriculum for children in the after-school program. Families are given weekly activities to complete at home to reinforce the lesson and parents are apprised of after-school activities by cellphone texts to keep them engaged in healthy nutrition and physical activities. Learn more