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Research to improve the health and quality of life of people of all ages

The Center for Health Behavior Research is committed to improving the health and quality of life of people of all ages through health behavior research. The primary aims of the Center include:

  • conducting interdisciplinary scientific health behavior research to better understand the causes and consequences of obesity on child health
  • learn how children make decisions about nutrition and physical activity behaviors
  • provide individualized family-based behavioral weight control treatment for children.

We are interested in the translation of behavioral research findings for the development of individual, community and public health approaches for pediatric obesity prevention and treatment and for increasing the quality of life among children and families.

Promoting Healthy Living

Through health education, community service and advocacy, the Center is dedicated to the promotion of healthy living in home, community, school and workplace settings. The Center is also dedicated to addressing health disparities among children most at risk for lifestyle chronic health conditions including obesity and type 2 diabetes.