Building the Evidence Base for Obesity Prevention

FamilyCook Research Projects


We conduct our research with our university partners to identify the most effective aspects and strategies inherent in our programs, and we use this information to continually improve them. We welcome projects and partners who seek to collaborate with us to attempt to build the evidence base in the challenging area of obesity prevention.

We currently have ongoing research for the following programs:

Look Who’s Cooking

Jr./Teen Battle Chef

Our most recent program evaluation of Look Who’s Cooking involves our curriculum intervention as part of the Connecticut Department of Public Healths Food & Fitness project administered by Community Health Center over the 2008-09 school year. While some of the schools continue the FamilyCook program, now, beyond the funding period, and new ones are coming on board in the state, the next round of research will begin once the results from this project are available.  A full report is expected is pending. An older report is available from our Rochester, NY YMCA project.

Regarding Jr./Teen Battle Chef, the 2009-10 marks our 3rd year of program evaluation research as part of our collaboration with Urban Assembly public middle and high schools in NYC.  Our report from 2007-08, with details about methodology etc, can be downloaded here. An article based on these promising results and strategies is currently pending peer-review publication acceptance.  This research is a robust collaboration with valued FamilyCook partners:

As we begin our 4th year of evaluation, we anticipate  a large sample size of program schools, owing to our new collaboration with over 40 HealthCorps schools.

We are also exploring a Community Based Participatory Research project for Teen Battle Chef with AECOM, HealthCorps and others. This is only in the preliminary stages. We will report our progress here in the coming months.

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