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Global Obesity Prevention Center

B’more Healthy Communities for Kids (BHCK)


Community-level interventions combined with policy to combat obesity

Project Lead: Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, MSc




bhck logo with waterWith limited access to stores that sell healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, residents of low-income communities are especially susceptible to obesity and weight-related illnesses. Children, who often lack the means and education to change their own environments or make nutritionally sound decisions, face particular challenges.

B’more Healthy: Communities for Kids (BHCK) hopes to change that. This five-year, multi-level, multi-component intervention trial aims to improve the food environment in Baltimore City using several strategies, including:

We work directly in the communities that need us most. Low-income neighborhoods that are also considered food deserts—places where children and families have little access to even the most basic staples of a nutritious, healthy diet, such as fresh produce and whole grain bread.

BHCK Youth LeaderBy examining how multiple factors at different levels converge to cause obesity in children, we’re developing a range of interventions, simulation models and other tools that we believe can promote better nutrition, not only by teaching kids how to make healthy choices, but by creating environments where healthy choices are easier to make.


BHCK includes five working groups:

Caregivers/Social Media, Recreation Centers-youth and youth leaders, Corner Stores/Carryouts, Environmental/Wholesaler and Policy.  Each represent different levels within the Baltimore City food environment.

Cooperation and partnerships are key to our efforts—and our success.



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Sample Presentations


Sample Publications


Overview sheet

NE-RNECE Signature Research Program

Contact Us: To find out more information about BHCK or how to get involved, please email the Global Obesity Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins directly here.

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