Dr. Ellen Wald Awarded NIH-NICHD Grant Funding

Ellen Wald, MD, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD) R21 grant entitled, “An interactive web-based intervention to achieve healthy weight in young children.” This 2-year grant provides funding of over $415,000 for her obesity study involving UW-CHESS (UW-Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System). Obesity in children and adults is one of the most common and serious chronic diseases requiring care by the primary care practitioner and family-based behavioral interventions have been the most successful but require ongoing contact. This project will test the feasibility and effectiveness of brief ‘in-person’ counseling and a long-term web-based intervention model. If successful, this intervention will be inexpensive, easy to replicate and export, and deliverable at the convenience of young families.