A Community Focused Participatory Research Program to Evaluate COSolutions

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$460,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2011-02610
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2011-02610
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.5
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
1600 ADAMS DR, Stewartsville, NJ, 08886-2646
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
809116127
Principal Investigator:
EdwardConnors
(908) 265-6282
edconnors@innovative-educator.com
Business Contact:
EdwardConnors
President
(908) 265-6282
edconnors@innovative-educator.com
Research Institute:
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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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