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Challenge! - Program Description


The following study has concluded data collection and is no longer hiring.  We hold a monthly writing group meeting for this project.

Challenge! was a home- and community-based health promotion/obesity prevention program targeting urban African American adolescents in Baltimore City. The effectiveness of Challenge! was studied as a randomized controlled trial with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (grants R40MC00241 and R40MC04297), the General Clinical Research Centers Program (grant M01 RR16500), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Thomas Wilson Sanitarium for Children of Baltimore City and General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids.

The primary goal of Challenge! was to prevent overweight and the accumulation of excess body fat during adolescence. Secondary goals were to increase physical activity (increase time spent in moderate-vigorous activity and decrease time spent engaging in sedentary behaviors) and to improve diet (increase fruit and vegetable consumption, decrease sweetened beverage intake, decrease consumption of high-fat snack foods).

Challenge! Rap Video


Challenge! members at the press conference for the Summit on Childhood Obesity.Challenge Press Conf.