Congratulations to Assistant Dean for Research and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Professor Diane Berry, PhD, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN and her team who were awarded nearly $3 million in research grant funding from the National Institute for Nursing Research to improve nutrition and physical activity among overweight Hispanic mothers and their young children in order to inhibit the development of prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life.

With this $2.974 million R01 grant from NINR, Berry and her team will study Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children: An Intervention with Hispanic Mothers and their Young Children, the first large, interdisciplinary intervention focusing on Hispanic women with overweight and obesity and their young children to prevent excessive weight and weight gain.

The study will test the effectiveness of 12 weeks of nutrition and exercise education, physical activity, and coping skills training, along with six months of monthly check-ins, to improve weight and promote healthy behaviors among at-risk Hispanic mothers and their children. The team will partner with  North Carolina health departments to enroll the study subjects, and will deliver the intervention in partnership with local community centers.

The study will run through June 2023 and includes Dean Nilda Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Jaime Crandell, PhD, RN, Hugh Waters, PhD, Alice Ammerman, DrPH, Kelly Evenson, PhD, Myles Faith, PhD, Krista Perreira, PhD and Eliana Perrin, MD.

In addition to assessing its efficacy, the Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children study will enable Dr. Berry and her team to evaluate the cost of delivering the program at public health departments and may provide a foundation for extending its benefits to this underserved population in more communities in North Carolina and throughout the United States.

Well done, Dr. Berry!

National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health Award Number 1R01NR017199-01, Berry (PI) 08/30/18-06/30/23 Funding $2,974,185: “Healthy Mothers—Healthy Children: An Intervention with Hispanic Mothers and their Young Children” 

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