UTA Health Pilot Program Tackles Obesity Through Nutrition Literacy and Soccer
Nearly 20 percent of children in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The problem is especially acute among minority children, particularly Hispanics and blacks, whose obesity rates hover at about 22 percent compared to 14 percent for white children.
The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is taking steps to address this obesity crisis. For the last several months, nursing and kinesiology faculty and students have been working on a pilot research study at Young Men’s Leadership Academy, a predominantly Latino all-male middle school in the Grand Prairie Independent School District. This effort has been spearheaded by Dr. Margarita Trevino and Dr. Larry Nelson, both faculty in the College.
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