W1005: An Integrated Approach to Prevention of Obesity in High Risk Families

Duration: October 1, 2006 – October 1, 2012


  1. Parent-child relationships underlie key behaviors associated with resilience to childhood overweight.

  2. Anthropometric and physiological measures exist that can distinguish between resilient and overweight children in low-income families within the community.

Project Objectives:

Objective 1: Conduct an expert field review of key behavioral measures purported to contribute to excessive weight gain in children aged 4-10 years old.

Objective 2: Identify anthropometric and physiological measures that could be used to differentiate families within the target population in the community settings.

Objective 3: To assess parent-child interactions in the target population as they relate to key behaviors identified as being associated with resilience to overweight

Objective 4: Determine appropriate tools to effectively measure salient behavioral differences between low-income families in the parent-child relationships identified in Objective 3 for the community setting

Objective 5: Design a framework for prevention strategies targeting the development of resilience behaviors.


All members provided time devoted to literature review, data collection, compilation and management, data analysis, developing presentations, and writing manuscripts.

Jill Armstrong Shultz (Washington), Jamie Dollahite (New York), Betty Greer (Tennessee), Rafida Idris (South Carolina), Janet Kurzynske (Kentucky),  Naima Moustaid-Moussa (Tennessee), Madeleine Sigman-Grant (Nevada), Kaye Stanek Krogstrand (Nebraska, now retired)  Nobuko (Kay) Hongu (Arizona), Karen Spears (formally Nevada, Reno), Anne Lindsay (University of Nevada Cooperative Extension), Melinda Manore (Oregon),Katherine Dickin (New York), Laura Hubbs-Tait (Oklahoma),  Lisa Jahns (North Dakota), Amy Mobley (Indiana & Connecticut), Beth Olson (Michigan), Nahid Sistani (Alabama), Diane Tidwell (Mississippi) and Robin Orr (Illinois, deceased).


Impact Statements:

Objective 1 has provided baseline data to increase the effectiveness of Cooperative Extension nutrition programming through changes that bring it more closely into alignment with national recommendations for childhood obesity prevention programs.

Objective 2 has increased the awareness of physical activity within USDA and the extension/nutrition community and the role it plays in energy balance and obesity prevention

Objective 3 has increased the awareness of the role of parenting and feeding styles in the development of childhood obesity among members of the American Society of Nutrition, the Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Objective 4 has identified and reported tools to measure feeding practices, parenting styles, and feeding styles.

Objective 5 submitted a new multi-state proposal Parenting, energy dynamics, and lifestyle determinants of childhood obesity: New directions in prevention. This has been approved as W2005, 2012-2017.


Overall impact statement: W1005 has achieved the projected impacts in the original proposal for the multistate project:

  • Graduate and undergraduate students were mentored in research and/or extension throughout the duration of the project.
  • Advances in the study of obesity were attained, presented at national meetings, and are currently under review by editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals.
  • Entry points for development of effective solutions to reverse trends in childhood obesity were identified.
  • Networks and collaborations focused on obesity prevention were developed and have been carried forward into W2005.
  • W1005  Impact Summary that was compiled and designed by Sara Delheimer.