Reach In! Reach Out! Chicago Children’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a fun and family-oriented research study program designed to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in overweight young people, ages 9-12. The program primarily serves the African American community throughout the Chicagoland area. Funded by the National Institute of Health, the program is run by faculty and staff at the University of Chicago, Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine and takes place in the surrounding Hyde Park area. This program is free.
Reach In! Reach Out! is a small-group, interactive program where children and their families work together to learn about good nutrition and exercise. Families learn fun ways to include nutrition and exercise in their lifestyles during the long-term. Sessions may include the following
The program provides families with the skills they need to get moving towards a healthier lifestyle, and again it's’ free! Parents and kids work together equally learning in a fun and educational way while sharing their experiences with the other families in a supportive environment.
In a fun setting, families learn how to:
- Make healthy food choices
- Be physically active
- Manage your weight
- Increase your energy
- Individualize nutrition and exercise goals
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