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Tom Baranowski

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Tom Baranowski

Professor of Pediatrics (Behavioral Nutrition)
Baylor College of Medicine
obesity, diabetes, prevention,


My research is directed toward understanding why children eat the foods and engage in the physical activities they do as well as designing and evaluating programs to help change these dietary and physical activity behaviors. Areas of interest include fruit, juice, vegetable (FJV) and water consumption, obesity prevention and physical activity. Differences in these phenomena among major ethnic categories are of particular interest, as is innovations in their measurements.

I am principal investigator for four research grants: the Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Prevention Program (a multi-site U01 grant for research among middle school students funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases); the Middle School Diabetes Prevention Interactive Multi Media Program (funded as an SBIR grant by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases); the role of PROP sensitivity in the development of obesity among ethnically diverse children (an R01 funded by the National Cancer Institute), and the development of an interactive computerized 24 hour dietary recall program (funded by the National Cancer Institute), I am co-investigator on three other funded projects including a walking school bus intervention program; a TV reduction program for preschoolers; an obesity prevention intervention for pediatric primary care; and tests of general versus specific goal setting within a dietary change videogame.

Houston  --
United States
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