The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is a leader in the local, regional, national and international movement to prevent and treat childhood obesity and to foster healthy lifestyles. Our primary goal is to contribution new knowledge regarding pediatric healthy lifestyles, ranging in scope from its biological origins to its societal impact. Current studies are exploring physiology, cognition, behavior, and nutrition as it relates to obesity as well as physical activity and diabetes management interventions. We also contribute to the development and analysis of public policy pertaining to pediatric obesity, community engagement, and leadership regarding education related to healthy lifestyles in children and families. We are committed to reaching all children in our area, especially those in underserved, ethnic minority, low-income communities.

Kansas City’s Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition represents a committed collaboration between two neighboring institutions who serve children across the bi-state region of Missouri and Kansas. Supported by a state-of-the-art facility, team members at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, and other local institutions collaborate to solve health problems facing children and families in our region.

The Center leads healthy lifestyles programs and research efforts in the Midwest. As a centralized resource, the Center supports community members and academic and business leaders who are interested in reversing rates of childhood obesity and ensuring the healthy lifestyles and nutrition of all children.