2nd Investigators Workshop on Innovative Approaches to Obesity Prevention
Robert Kuczmarski, DrPH
Director, Obesity Prevention and Treatment Program
August 12-13, 2002
The trans-NIH initiative on Innovative Approaches to the Prevention of Obesity (RFA-DK-99-010) provided financial support for 20 scientific investigations beginning in 1999. On August 20, 2001, NIH sponsored a workshop that brought together the principal investigators who initiated pilot obesity prevention projects. This first workshop was designed to encourage the exchange of information on lessons learned, problems encountered, and successes achieved relative to recruitment and retention, intervention development, and adherence to interventions.
At the time of the first workshop, a second workshop was conceived that would focus on results achieved and recommendations for future directions. This second workshop was designed to facilitate information sharing among the investigators regarding intervention approaches, study achievements, successes and challenges encountered in various settings and populations sampled, and remaining challenges in obesity prevention, based on results and experiences obtained from the pilot studies funded under the RFA.
At this second workshop, information sharing was designed to be achieved through the combination of written tabular summaries prepared in advance by the principal investigators and included in a workshop booklet, brief oral presentations, and open discussions among the investigators.
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