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Obesity Related Behavioral Intervention Trials (ORBIT)

Formerly Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity: Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development

Project Period: 9/25/2009 - 6/30/2014
Contact: Dr. Susan Czajkowski

The goal of this RFA, led by NHLBI with participation from NCI, NIDDK, NICHD and OBSSR, is to translate findings from basic research on human behavior into more effective clinical, community, and population interventions to reduce obesity. This cooperative agreement program will support seven Centers for Behavioral Intervention Development (CBIDs) in which interdisciplinary teams of basic and applied behavioral and social science researchers develop and refine novel strategies to alter obesity-related health behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity). Investigators at each CBID will conduct experimental studies, formative research, small-scale "proof of concept" trials and pilot/feasibility studies in order to identify, test and refine promising new avenues for reducing obesity and improving obesity-related behaviors. Target populations include children and their families, Latino and African American adults, African American adolescents, low-income populations, pregnant women, and women in the menopausal transition. The interventions being developed include creative new approaches to promote awareness of specific eating behaviors, decrease responsiveness to high-calorie foods, reduce stress-related eating, increase motivation to adhere to weight loss strategies, engage individual’s social networks and communities to encourage physical activity, improve sleep patterns, change habitual dietary behaviors and use neuroimaging to understand brain mechanisms in obesity that might guide the development of interventions. A Resource and Coordination Unit (RCU), located at Northwestern University, will facilitate collaboration across the studies.

NIH Press Release, "NIH Launches Program to Develop Innovative Approaches to Combat Obesity"

Last Updated March 2011

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