UH Manoa medical school receives $419,790 from HMSA Foundation

Funds will establish Hawaii Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education within Department of Pediatrics

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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Posted: Mar 2, 2009

The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) Foundation has announced it will provide $419,790 over three years to support the establishment of the Hawaii Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education (HICORE) within the Department of Pediatrics at the UH Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM).

HICORE will provide leadership in education and research to better understand and combat the obesity epidemic, and to treat and improve the lives of children and adolescents with complications of obesity.

"The prevalence of obesity in Hawaii‘s young people continues to grow with potentially devastating consequences for our families, our communities, our healthcare system and our patients," said Dr. Raul Rudoy, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at JABSOM. "Childhood obesity can cause serious physical and mental problems. As an example, it is estimated that two thirds of obese 5- to 10-year- old children demonstrate at least one important cardiovascular risk factor, and that one third of all U.S. children will develop diabetes."

Added Jerris R. Hedges, head of the Office of the Dean of Medicine at JABSOM, and the Barry and Virginia Weinman Endowed Chair, "With the increasing reports of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in children--diseases once thought to be prevalent only among adults--the need for a comprehensive and collaborative effort to better understand obesity in our young people is critical. We are grateful to the HMSA Foundation for their willingness to partner with us in this important endeavor."

For more information, visit: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu