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Reducing the Incidence of Obesity in Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Kansas

Thursday, March 8, 2007

A collaboration between the Life Span Institute and developmental disabilities scientists aim to develop a simple, effective and inexpensive diet plan that will eventually be promulgated throughout the Kansas developmentally disabled network.

This is a 3-year study that will target significant weight loss in at least 100 people from northeast Kansas through a modified version of a proven 1,200 calorie a day diet plan. In Year 3, the researchers will take their resulting modified plan on the road in day-long workshops to the Kansas network of community developmental disabilities organizations.

Dick and Muriel are teaming with Joseph Donnelly, director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Center and colleague Bryan K. Smith, assistant research professor. Debra Sullivan, chair and associate professor of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition at the KU Medical Center will serve as an advisor.

The project is funded through a grant from the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities with funds made available through the U.S. Administration on Developmental Disabilities.



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