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CHBR Ongoing Research

Family-Based Childhood Weight Control Program

The program focuses on helping children establish lifelong health behaviors. Parents and children work together and learn fun ways to eat healthier and be more physically active to lose weight and become healthier. Parents learn how to positively reinforce children's health behaviors and serve as role models for health behaviors in this family-based program. 


5 to 8-year-old children who are overweight and their parents.


Parents and children attend weekly, bi-weekly and monthly sessions over a six month period. An outcome evaluation is conducted at six and twelve months.

Study Status

Please contact Dr. Wrotniak for details about the next program offering

Investigator and Contact Information

Dr. Brian Wrotniak
Phone: 716-829-7719

Dairy Intake in Pediatric Obesity Prevention and Treatment Interventions

The purpose of this study is to conduct secondary data analyses to assess the impact of dairy consumption on weight change in youth. Associations between dairy intake and weight change will also be assessed by type of dairy product (milk, yogurt, cheese) and amount of dairy fat.

This research is funded by a $60,525 research grant to Dr. Wrotniak from the U.S. Dairy Research Institute, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® and the National Dairy Council®. Graduate students who wish to assist with this study should contact Dr. Wrotniak.

Study Status

Not recruiting. Secondary data analyses in progress.

Investigator and Contact Information

Dr. Brian Wrotniak