Childhood Obesity Grant

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Carol Tierney

Program Specialist

800-274-2237, ext. 3102

MetLife Foundation has supported AAFP through over $1 million in grants funding childhood obesity projects since 2006 through the Americans In Motion – Healthy Interventions (AIM-HI) initiative.

Grant Recipients 2013-2014

The AIM-HI initiative distributed $160,000 in funds to family medicine residency programs (FMRPs). Eight FMRPs were selected to develop family-centered community projects designed to reduce childhood obesity and promote fitness for the entire family. Grant funding period will be September 15, 2013, through July 15, 2014.

The following eight programs will receive AIM-HI grants made possible by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and MetLife Foundation:

Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program; Philadelphia, PA*

Program Director: David A Berkson, MD, FAAFP

Residents at Drexel University College of Medicine and Hahnemann University Hospital are entering the second phase of a project called Move It with Mommy & Me II. The project, based in a community shelter for women and children, aims to decrease the number of children who are obese by providing information on healthy eating and physical activity to residents at the Eliza Shirley shelter(

*Original project was funded by AAFP’s AIM-HI Childhood Obesity Grant for Family Medicine Residency Programs-I. Learn more about the first phase of the project.

Midland Family Medicine Residency Program; Midland, MI

Program Director: Kelly J Hill, MD

Michigan has one of the highest obesity rates in America. Residents at Midland Family Medicine Residency program, located in a federally recognized medically underserved community, will implement a project called An Integrative Approach to Childhood Obesity: Taking Patient Care Beyond the Office Setting. Their goal is to focus on improving physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being using AIM-HI resources in area high school health classes. They will also incorporate twitter by providing weekly health tips.

Oklahoma University Family Medicine; Oklahoma City, OK

Program Director: James Richard Barrett, MD

The residents will be implementing a project called Ruf-Nex for LIFE (Living Inspiring Fitness Every day.) The intervention site, a school, was established in 1893 to educate the children of oil field workers, and the school mascot, the “Ruf-Nex,” is based on this early beginning. Residents will work to connect low-income high school students and their families to the Community Nutrition Program and collaborate with the high school to improve the quality of food offered for breakfasts and lunches while staying within the allocated budget. The outreach project will also include educational school-based activities to improve physical activity and healthy eating among schoolchildren.

Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program; Columbia, SC

Program Director: Charles J Carter, MD, FAAFP

South Carolina is among the 10 most obese states in the nation, and the target area of this residency’s project is adjacent to a neighborhood with one of the highest health-related amputation rates in the country. Residents at Palmetto Health FMRP will be addressing the childhood obesity problem through a project called 3’s a Crowd: Impacting childhood obesity using a magnet high school, a local college, and a family medicine residency program. Residents will lead monthly workshops for students on self-image and disease prevention, as well as physical activity and stress management classes. Additionally, they will develop a square-foot garden with harvested produce used for cooking demonstrations and mindful eating education.

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth Program; Fort Worth, TX

Program Director: C. Philip Hudson, MD

Residents at the Plaza Medical Center of Forth Worth will engage high-risk children and families in their project, Bridging the Gap in Obesity Prevention through Community-Oriented Primary Care. In order to address childhood obesity in their clinic, residents will co-lead group visits alongside a clinical health psychologist for selected children and their parents, encouraging positive health behaviors. They will also complete community engagement service projects and add a structured systematic resident education program focusing on fitness. The project will use AIM-HI resources, including the Ready, Set, FIT! curriculum, to improve healthy lifestyle behaviors.

St. Claire Regional's Rural Training Track Residency in Family Medicine; Morehead, KY

Program Director: Michael R King, MD, FAAFP

St. Claire Regional’s rural training track will be executing a project called Raising the ARK (Activity in Rural Kentucky) in an effort to improve the physical activity and healthy eating in children. School officials expressed concern about childhood obesity in their district and when residents did an analysis of 51 fourth-grade students at the targeted school, they found 40 percent were overweight or obese. The project will be focused on teaching third and fourth graders, along with parents and faculty, and will use the AIM-HI Children’s books and resources to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.

University of California (Davis) Health System Family Medicine Residency Program; Sacramento, CA

Program Director: Thomas A Balsbaugh, MD

Residents Improving Patients Eating (RIPE) will work to increase residents’ understanding of the importance of healthy eating for the health and well-being of their overweight and obese patients. The project will provide family medicine residents with special produce prescription vouchers for patients to use at a UCDHS farmer’s market. A registered dietician will provide training to the residents on healthy eating and obesity. Residents will also offer education sessions to participating parents and children on how to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Family and Community Medicine Residency Program; Baltimore, MD*

Program Director: Yvette L Rooks, MD, FAAFP

Residents at the University of Maryland School of Medicine will continue their B-M-I (Better My Identity) project with a goal of encouraging a wholesome lifestyle, happy outlook, and healthy self-image for underserved school-aged pediatric patients. Each of the program’s school-based sessions will include physical activity, nutrition education and emotional well-being.

*Original project was funded by AAFP’s AIM-HI Childhood Obesity Grant for Family Medicine Residency Programs-I. Learn more about the first phase of the project.

[MetLife Foundation]

This project was made possible by MetLife Foundation.