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Pilot Project Receives Over $2 Million in Additional Funding


mapThe Global Obesity Prevention Center's Pilot Studies Core (PSC) is pleased to announce that former PSC grant recipient, Xuemei Zhu, PhD, Texas A&M University College of Architecture, along with two co-investigators, recently received a 2.7 million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue their work studying environmental design and physical activity. 

figureDr. Zhu’s original project, funded by the GOPC Pilot Studies Core from July 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2014, examined the impact of a rare natural experiment – moving into a new, activity- friendly community (Mueller, Austin, TX) that focuses on increasing children’s physical activity. The specific aims include examining if and how moving to Mueller (1) increased children's physical activity, (2) improved relevant personal attitude and social environments and (3) reduced physical activity disparities among its mixed-income residents. 

Dr. Zhu and co-investigators published some of the results of the study in Preventative Medicine Journal in 2014 which can be found here.

The 2.7 million dollar National Cancer Institute grant will expand upon this research with a longer-term, longitudinal project. 

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