Translating Evidence-based, Family-based Pediatric Obesity Treatment Program for Adoption by Rural Communities

Research & Engagement, 2015




Enhance rural access to a locally successful, evidence-based, family-based, pediatric obesity treatment program–Building Healthy Families. Program translation will utilize distance learning technologies to allow rural community members in Greater Nebraska, where currently available resources and expertise are limited, to participate in the 12-week program. Healthier communities will reduce health care costs and a healthier workforce will enhance opportunities for local economic development.


Kate Heelan (PI), University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kinesiology and Sports Sciences
Several University of Nebraska at Kearney colleagues


Southwest Public Health District
Grand Canyon University
University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty
University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty

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Distance learning helps build healthy families, Nebraska TV

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