Contact us:

Weight Management &
Eating Disorders Research Program

Mailing address:
Campus Box 8134
660 S. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63110

Campus addresses:

11th Floor McDonnell Pediatric Research Building (MPRB)
4905 Children's Place
St Louis, MO 63110

T: 314-286-0076
F: 314-286-2091

Preventing Weight Gain and Enhancing Relationships in Underserved Populations (POWER-UP)

No longer recruiting

This study sought to form a research-community partnership between Washington University School of Medicine and the Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers (PHC) to prevent excess weight gain in adolescent girls at high-risk for adult obesity. A community-based participatory research approach was utilized to adapt Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the Prevention of Excess Weight Gain (IPT-WG) for community-based delivery. In addition, the implementation of IPT-WG was piloted among underserved African American adolescent girls at high-risk for adult obesity and obesity-related health conditions. Our aim in partnering with high-risk communities was to create sustainable reductions in health disparities. Our long-term goal was to assist high-risk populations in the implementation of their own excess weight gain prevention programs.

Inclusion criteria

  1. African American adolescent girls between ages of 12 and 17