The Obesity Prevention Initiative is a project that works to improve health by impacting childhood obesity through a multi-faceted approach including community-based participatory research, statewide outreach, surveillance and dissemination. 
The purpose of the monthly, obesity focused Catalyst Meetings is to bring together faculty, staff and students across the spectrum of obesity research to share knowledge and make connections in order to catalyze the rate of collaboration. 
Student Research Panel
March 27, 2019
February 27, 2019
Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative Panel: Progress and Looking Ahead
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November 28, 2018
Getting the word out! Disseminating your research through dissemination plans, engaging partners, and through social media
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October 24, 2018
Catalyzing health: Food-related activities and measures of hospitals and farmers markets. 
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September 26, 2018
Mixed-methods research to understand the physical activity access, needs, and preferences among rural Wisconsin Women
Lisa Cadmus, Bertum, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Psychology from Yale University and has 14 years of research experience in energetics and cancer. 
Lab member, Jess Gorzelitz interests include physical activity in populations, specifically women and cancer survivors and understanding how physical activity contributes to health as a whole. Additionally, she is interested in investigating resistance-training interventions for women and cancer survivors, and studying population-level physical activity assessment. 
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August 29, 2018
Weight loss maintenance: The holy grail of weight loss interventions
July 25, 2018
A Population Health Perspective on Obesity in Wisconsin
Hilary Joyner is an Assistant Researcher and Surveillance Coordinator for the Wisconsin Partnership Program-funded Obesity Prevention Initiative. Her background is in quantitative methods, survey administration, psychology and human development. She has experience working with a variety of data, including electronic health records and survey data. In 2015, Hilary received a M.S. degree in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with a Prevention Science Certificate with a focus on Quantitative Methods.
June 29, 2018
TOWNHALL TALK: national experts in obesity prevention & health promotion
May 31, 2018
Mobilizing Action Towards Community Health: Equity in Community-Based Nutrition Programming
April 26, 2018
Parental Psychological Distress in Childhood Obesity
Myoungock (Mio) Jang, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor in the UW School of Nursing. 
Through her research, Mio Jang works to reduce obesity, promote health, and prevent chronic health conditions. She is interested in family-based approaches to better understand factors associated with childhood obesity in diverse families. In her current research, Dr. Jang seeks to identify the relationship between psychological factors such as stress, depression, and sleep and family health behaviors and metabolic risks in children.