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Round 3
Winners Announced

San Diego, Calif., May 15, 2013 The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) is pleased to announce Familias Activas y Saludables as the winner of Round 3 of the Childhood Obesity Challenge, an online competition for innovative ideas to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

The third round of the competition focused on interventions for children and their families delivered in clinical settings or involving partnerships between clinics and communities. The competition received 25 entries.

The winning entry, also known as Active and Healthy Families, is a program of Contra Costa County (Calif.) Health Services providing group medical visits for obese and overweight Latino children 5-11 years old seen at federally qualified health centers. In the interactive sessions, a health care team -- consisting of a doctor, a nutritionist, and a promotora (community health worker) -- discuss nutrition, physical activity and stress with the children and their families and help them develop weight loss action plans. A small randomized study showed the program resulted in modest weight loss among children attending 5 sessions.

As the winner of the competition, Familias Activas y Saludables will be featured in an upcoming issue of AJPM and the submitting team; coordinated by Judy Sundquist, special project consultant with Contra Costa Health Services, and including Annabelle Cadiz, Michelle Williams, and Alan Siegel will receive $5,000.

Second place in the competition went to Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic, submitted by Julia Wacker and Sarah Armstrong from Duke University. Winner of third place was STAR (Study of Technology to Accelerate Research) submitted by Christine Horan, Sarah Price, and collaborators at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

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FAS is an innovative and sustainable group medical appointment model for the prevention and treatment of child obesity in Latino children.
The Duke Healthy Lifestyles Clinic has designed a clinic-community care model to treat childhood obesity.
STAR uses health information technology to help clinicians and parents adopt evidence-based strategies to reduce childhood obesity.
To impact childhood obesity, the Ohio AAP and Ohio Dept. of Health have taken a two-pronged approach to obesity prevention and management.
Over the past 10 years we have solved childhood obesity with the simple mantra of fun fitness + nutritional balance = NO CHILDHOOD OBESITY
A combination of nutraceuticals, micronutrients, low GI foods, probiotics and prebiotics may have a synergistic effect
FitSteps is the Rosetta Stone for calorie comprehension.
Web/Phone app designed to stimulate competition between family members and friends and to educate families about healthy life choices.
Preventing childhood obesity at the beginning of life
Healthy visits healthy meals intervention focuses on providing parents with nutritional education and healthy meal cooking skills.
This strategy seeks to use a humanoid robot as a health coach while using ubiquitous technologies to monitor and fight childhood obesity.
A proven 12 month family and community centered weight management program for kids and teens
Start small, win big with three easy obesity preventing steps that any mother, caregiver or physician can use at any age: the Major Easy 3.
Prepare for an adventure through the human belly. Your mind and body will never be the same.
Personalized prescription and administration of exercise to overweight and obese children