A Community Focused Participatory Research Program to Evaluate COSolutions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2011-02610
Agency Tracking Number: 2011-02610
Amount: $460,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.5
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
1600 ADAMS DR, Stewartsville, NJ, 08886-2646
DUNS: 809116127
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Connors
 (908) 265-6282
 edconnors@innovative-educator.com
Business Contact
 Edward Connors
Title: President
Phone: (908) 265-6282
Email: edconnors@innovative-educator.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Childhood obesity is a complex, multi-faceted problem which has been traced to many preventable risk factors, not the least of which includes; food access, outdoor ads, crime/safety, racial and income disparities, as well as increasing sedentary behaviors caused by excessive screen time. The economic impact of obesity related disease has proven quite significant. The direct cost of childhood obesity is estimated at $14.1 billion with a treatment cost for obesity related diseases in adults now exceeding $147 billion annually. In 2008 the cost of obesity related illness to Medicare and Medicaid was $19.7 billion and $8 billion respectively. This Phase II research project provides the opportunity to better utilize technology to respond to social challenges, eliminate health disparity, and increase health and educational outcomes for our nation's children. This project will lead to the emergence of a versatile and cost-effective means to overcome any one of a number of public health problems through a technology driven infrastructure that synthesizes community and program activities into one coherent collaborative partnership to promote increased health and educational outcomes for vulnerable populations.

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