Congratulations, Jill!

We learned today that our own Jill Avis was successful in her application for a Travel Grant from the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. The award will support her participation in the upcoming Canadian Obesity Summit in Toronto, where she’ll give an oral presentation of her research to develop and refine an eHealth intervention for preventing childhood obesity as part of the RIPPLE study.

Way to go, Jill!


A Family Affair

Thanks to my PhD student, Jill Avis, for coming across a recent study that examined the impact of a real family-centred intervention for children and parents with obesity.

In a novel study (see pdf below), both parents and children participated in an intervention that was designed not just for parents to support their children in making positive lifestyle and behavioural changes (the traditional model), but for parents AND children to receive both independent and collective support for weight management.

As with most interventions of this nature, changes in weight status were modest. However, what this study highlighted is a model of delivering health services that makes a lot of common sense; children with obesity and their parents with obesity usually share similar lifestyle habits and the same physical and social environments, so interventions designed to engineer positive changes in these areas are likely to benefit families as a whole. Further testing/tweaking of comprehensive, inclusive models of family-centred care for weight management is needed, but this study represents an important step in encouraging us (researchers, clinicians, health care administrators) to consider shifting the paradigm in how and for whom we offer care.


Davis et al., 2015

New Paper Accepted – The RIPPLE Study

Some of you know that we have an ongoing, eHealth obesity prevention study (led day-to-day by Jill Avis, PhD Candidate, UAlberta) that is run in partnership with colleagues at the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network and Evolution Health.

Our protocol paper, which describes the overall study, was recently accepted by the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The abstract and pdf of our manuscript will be posted here soon.

For more info about this study, check out Jill’s RIPPLE Blog.


New PCWH Paper Published – Parents’ Lifestyle Habits

As reported back in December, we spent several years collecting and analyzing data (demography, anthropometry, lifestyle habits) from parents of children and youth referred to our clinic in Edmonton. Our paper was just published in Clinical Pediatrics.

To view the abstract, click HERE.

To check out the full length paper, click here: Avis et al., Clin Pediatr, 2015.