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Combating Childhood Obesity Focus of Residency Project Grants
By Matt Brown
McAndrews said a primary focus for this second of year of the project, which is being funded through a $250,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation, will be to more robustly monitor participants' clinical and behavioral outcomes to help determine levels of success in each community outreach program.
IOM Report Offers Strategies to Advance Fitness, Health Science in Youth
Among the report's recommendations are a number of strategies for advancing the science on the relationship between fitness measures and health in youth, including conducting
- studies on the associations between health and components of fitness in youth;
- longitudinal studies to determine how health markers related to fitness track from youth to adulthood; and
- a mix of randomized controlled trials and studies to identify the relationships between changes in cardiorespiratory fitness and subsequent changes in health risk factors in youth.
"We had several programs that exceeded their goals last year," McAndrews said. "So we want to see how it works going forward."
AIM-HI offers physicians a number of resources to help patients follow a healthy lifestyle, including three primary tools:
- a fitness inventory, which gauges patients' 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 pad, through which the patient and the physician establish mutually agreed-on goals that are assessed periodically.
In addition to the positive impact the AIM-HI program seeks to have on the community each participating residency program serves, it also is intended to make a difference among the residents themselves, said McAndrews.
"This (AIM-HI grant) is not just money to help curb childhood obesity, but a way to educate these residents so they are able to learn how to serve as role models for healthy living," she said. "When they go into these communities, we want them to be able to tell people, 'I have a fitness prescription too, and this is how I make it work with my busy schedule.'"
Applications may be e-mailed to Jacklyn Cremer through the submission deadline of May 31. Awardees will be notified in August.
AIM-HI Offers Grants to Combat Childhood Obesity