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Obesity Prevention Initiative Launches

Friday, December 26, 2014  
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Obesity Prevention Initiative Launches

December 19, Wisconsin Partnership Program

The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has committed more than $8.6 million to address the state’s obesity epidemic. The Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative includes a five-year $7.5 million grant from the Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC) and a $1.1 million grant from the Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC).

Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, professor of family medicine, is the principal investigator for the PERC grant, which will provide the infrastructure for alignment of activities and partnerships among communities, researchers and advocates across the state. Grant funding also will be used to develop a childhood obesity surveillance system and create statewide messaging that helps residents understand how daily decisions affect their health.

Brian Christens, PhD, associate professor of human ecology at UW-Madison, is the principal investigator for the OAC grant, which will be used to test and implement a community-based model for childhood obesity prevention, initially in Marathon and Menominee counties. Read more

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