Obesity and type 2 diabetes are at an all-time high among both children and adults in the United States today. These conditions have immediate and long-term effects on individual health and wellness. Studies have shown that overweight parents are more likely to have overweight children, leading to a cycle of obesity. Many low-income families are especially vulnerable to this cycle due to a number of factors and are often the most challenging to reach for education and intervention. Research shows that an intergenerational approach—one that targets multiple generations in a household, including both parents and children—is most likely to be successful and lead to sustainable healthy lifestyle change.
The Lifestyle Innovations workgroup is currently testing research on breaking this cycle of intergenerational obesity and diabetes risk.
Our research objectives are to:
- Test new methods for implementing evidence-based lifestyle interventions to reach high needs individuals and families
- Design rapid response research to address lifestyle questions regarding real-world implementation and practice