We Are The 1%

Well, not really, but it feels that way sometimes when applying for research funding since the competition is so tough. But this time around…success!

Yesterday, we learned that our study to explore teens’ barriers and facilitators in changing lifestyle habits was funded by the Health Outcomes Improvement Fund, which was provided through the Alberta Health Services Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network. In our category of grants, less than one-in-five applications was funded; so more accurately, we were among “the 16.5%”.

Our team, which includes Tara-Leigh McHugh (Phys Ed & Rec), Michele Dyson (Pediatrics), and Maryam Kebbe (Pediatrics) from UAlberta, is partnering with our colleagues Annick Buccholz and Stasia Hadjiyannakis in Ottawa to learn from teens enrolled in weight management about their experiences in making and maintaining healthy diet and physical activity habits. One of the goals of this research is to develop a deck of CONversation Cards for teens (in English and French) to complement the cards we developed a few years ago for parents.

We’ll share more details over the coming months as this research gets rolling.


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