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AIM-HI Grants to Fund Childhood Obesity Projects in Residencies
Application Deadline is Oct. 3
"This is a great opportunity for the Academy to blend what it does in terms of policy with the training of residents," said Yvette Rooks, M.D., director of the University of Maryland Medical Center's Family and Community Medicine Residency program, Baltimore, and a member of the AIM-HI Medical Advisory Panel. "This will provide training for residents on how to promote healthy lifestyles.
"We don't get a lot of training in residency about prescribing physical activity. This is an opportunity to provide resources and curricular components and implement training related to healthy eating, physical activity and emotional well-being."
The project is being funded through a $250,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation. This is the fifth time in three years that MetLife has provided funding for AIM-HI.
A Look at AIM-HI's Track Record
- a fitness inventory, which gauges a patient's confidence about their fitness and their readiness to change;
- a food and activity journal, which helps patients track healthy eating, physical activity and emotional well-being lifestyle behaviors; and
- a fitness prescription, through which the patient and the physician establish mutually agreed-on goals that are assessed periodically.
The AAFP NRN study, which involved nearly two dozen primary care practices, produced the following preliminary results:
- the number of patients who reported physical activity at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week, increased by 10 percent from baseline to four months, and the number of patients reporting the same amount of physical activity from baseline to 10 months increased by 10.1 percent;
- the number of patients who ate at least a half serving more of healthy foods each week increased by nearly 42 percent from baseline to 10 months, and the number of patients who ate at least half a serving less of unhealthy foods each week increased by nearly 45 percent during that period; and
- nearly 12 percent of patients lost 10 pounds or more from baseline to four months, and nearly 18 percent lost 10 pounds or more from baseline to 10 months.
Details on Applying for the Grants
- Funding is limited to new projects.
- Projects should address childhood obesity by promoting any or all of the components of fitness, which are physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being. They also should address barriers to any or all of those components.
- Projects should target underserved populations.
- Projects should have an evaluation plan.
- The projects should be included as part of training residents, who will be involved in developing the projects.
"With a lot of grant programs it's, 'Here's the money. Now do it this way," said Rooks, who also is vice chair and assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science. "These AIM-HI programs can be tailored to the needs of an individual community.
"This will enhance residency training because residents will learn about obesity, how to work with the community, and they will learn how to create a program so they can do it themselves when they are out in their own practice."
Rooks also noted that tying AIM-HI to residency training carries the added benefit of providing residents with positive early exposure to the Academy.
"This shows them that AAFP is more than just a journal they get in the mail," she said. "They will know the Academy is supporting their residency and training, and, hopefully, they will support the AAFP."
AIM-HI to Fund Residency-based Childhood Obesity Projects