Center Newsletters

Please enjoy our monthly Center Newsletters with highlights of latest accomplishments, staff profiles, and updates on our goals.


The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the following funding for the 2019/2020 Academic Cycle:

Statin Therapy in Children: Mitochondrial and Physical Function

Colin McCoin (PI) with Jonathan Wagner and Robin Shook

CHLN 2019/2020 Pilot Grant: $33,000

Piloting Behavior Change Strategies for Scalable Walk to School Interventions

Jordan Carlson (PI) with Christopher Cushing, Ann Davis and Bike Walk KC

CHLN 2019/2020 Pilot Grant: $33,000

Feasibility, Acceptability, and Preliminary Effectiveness of a Targeted Mobile App for Youth Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Brooke Sweeney (PI) with Amy Beck, David White, Susana Patton, Deb Sullivan and Christopher Cushing

CHLN 2019/2020 Funded GRA (one year stipend plus tuition)

Congratulations to these impressive teams on their successful applications and good luck to them on these significant projects!


Congratulations to these award recipients who will receive $33,000 each for the 2017 fiscal year!

“Brain Activity, Physical Activity, Adiposity, and Reward”
Dr. Robin Shook (w/Dr. Amanda Bruce), CMH/KUMC

“Changing Adolescents’ Brain Responses to E-Cigarette Marketing with Media Literacy Intervention”
Dr. Laura Martin (w/Drs. Yvonne Chen and Delwyn Catley), KUMC/CMH


The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the recipient of our Pilot Grant for 2016-2017. The award is for $33,000 and lasts from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

“Role of hepatic mitochondrial function in adolescent acute high-fat diet induced weight gain”
E. Matthew Morris, PhD
Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KUMC.


The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the recipients of our Pilot Grant for the 2015-2016 year. Awards are for $33,000 and last from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Parent and Child Adverse Childhood Experiences in Overweight and Obese Children.
Kimberly A. Randell MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Urgent Care, CMH/UMKC

A Pediatric Obesity Treatment Pilot for Rural Primary Care Providers Using a Project ECHO Approach
Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics, KUMC

A Cross-Sectional Study of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Regarding Generalized Food Motivation and Specific Temporal Profiles of Disgust/Reward
Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, KUMC

Leadership Retreat


Center leadership met October 11 – 13, 2016 in Wichita at the Kansas Leadership Center to develop a 5 –year strategic plan related to objectives in Research, Clinical Care, Community Outreach, Advocacy and Education. Those attending were (front row) Shelly Summar, Meredith Dreyer Gillette, Sarah Hampl, Susana Patton and Brooke Sweeney; (back row) Jordan Carlson, Robin Shook, Ann Davis, Amanda Bruce, Delwyn Catley and John Thyfault.