COPRPobesityprogramlogo.jpg

The ACHRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program conducts state-of-the-art clinical, translational, and community-based research and provides leadership and coordination between various local and state partners to obtain evidence that can be used to develop strategies leading to the prevention of childhood obesity. The establishment and promotion of school and community gardens and sustainable agriculture practices is one of those strategies.

Mission Statement

Strengthen community resources, volunteerism and national service in Arkansas

Vision Statement

The Division of Community Service & Nonprofit Support's vision is guided by the principle that volunteering, community and national service is a right and responsibility of all citizens and that all people will experience an improved quality of life as a result of this service.

Dr. Weber is the Director of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program and Arkansas GardenCorps, and is a Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She is a childhood obesity researcher with over 20 years of experience in obesity prevention, including energy balance, and dietary and physical activity assessment. She has a history of consistent funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for studies addressing individual and environmental risk factors for obesity and related chronic diseases, school-, worksite-, and community-based obesity prevention interventions, and methodological issues in dietary and physical activity assessment. Dr. Weber obtained her PhD in Nutritional Sciences in 1994, and completed her postdoctoral training in Physiology in 1999, from the University of Arizona. She is also a Registered Dietitian. In her role as Lead Investigator, Dr. Weber is responsible for the direction of all aspects of the overall program.

Emily English is the Program Director of Arkansas GardenCorps and a Program Administrator in the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program. . She received her Master’s of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service and her Master’s of Public Health (with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Health Education), from the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She spent much of her time in graduate school working on developing farm to school initiatives in Arkansas. Ms. English has a considerable amount of background in small scale, organic farming and has worked on farms and in gardens across the globe. 

carberryandrew

Andrew Carberry is a Program Coordinator in the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program. He received a BS in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary, and later received a Masters of Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition Concentration, and Masters of Public Health, Planning and Administration Concentration, from the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville. As a part of his graduate work he established and was the project manager for an afterschool garden and youth development program at two local elementary schools. He also worked as a research assistant in the UT Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory.

Cale Nicholson is the Assistant Program Director of Arkansas GardenCorps and the Garden Program Specialist for the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program. He received his BA in English from the University of Central Arkansas and his MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Nicholson has completed organic gardening internships around the country, culminating in a year managing the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project at the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR. Mr. Nicholson also created the Teaching Garden at the Oxford Boys and Girls Club in conjunction with his graduate work through the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. After working with livestock for the last two years on a farm in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, he is excited to be back in his home state helping children lead healthier lifestyles through gardening.

kent2

Kent Thompson is an Administrative Specialist in the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program. He received a BA in Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, AR, and his Masters in Public Heath with an emphasis in Biostatistics from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health.

 

 

 

Saturday the 21st. .