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Deborah Burnet, MD

Using techniques of community-based participatory research, Kovler Diabetes Center investigator Dr. Deborah Burnet has developed and implemented a pediatric diabetes prevention study entitled REACH-OUT Chicago Children’s Diabetes Prevention Project, funded through an R-18 grant from the NIDDK. REACH-OUT is a randomized trial enrolling 160 families over five years to study the effectiveness of an intensive 14 week nutrition and exercise program in reducing overweight and type 2 diabetes risk among African American youth ages 9-12, who live on Chicago’s South Side. REACH-OUT group sessions for families are held at the South Side YMCA and the Hyde Park Co-op grocery market. In addition, families come in periodically to the University of Chicago General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) for clinical testing. The pilot phase yielded promising results, with children and parents increasing physical activity and improving dietary behaviors. The five year study is now underway, to assess physical and biochemical outcomes for both children and parents.

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