TRUSTEES OF TUFTS COLLEGE INC
Through R01HD057841-01, Assessing and Preventing Obesity Among New Immigrants, we are currently funded to study new immigrants in Somerville and similar surrounding commuities in Massachusetts. The central hypothesis is that an appropriately timed intervention developed with active input by immigrant communities through community based participatory research methodologies (CBP) will be effective in the prevention of excess weight gain within mother-child dyads. The intervention goals of this multi-year, randomized, controlled trial will be achieved through the provision of family 'lifestyle coaching' sessions tailored to mother-child dyads randomized to the intervention as well as other family members who would like to attend. In addiiton, the subjects in the intervention group will participate in support groups where they will gain knowledge and learn strategies to promote self-efficacy, in addition to behaviroal skills that will enable them to better navigate the often unfamiliar and obesogenic American environment. The overall goal of these support groups is to empower participatns to maintain or achieve a healthy weight tyhrough realistic and achievable action steps. Through the administrative supplement grant, we will be able to increase the hours of thre epart-time project coordinators. This increase in hours will help to meet hte ambitious goal of recruiting a total of 435 mother-child dyads. These experienced community personnel will be heavily involved in recruitment and retention efforts.