Current Work

ChildObesity180’s work includes projects and initiatives across the lifespan, addressing the complex drivers of childhood obesity at all stages of life and in the places and spaces where children and adolescents live, learn, and play. In addition, our research seeks to identify, develop, and apply innovative tools and methods to better understand and address the complex factors that influence children’s health and well being.

Catalyzing Communities to Prevent Obesity

Catalyzing Communities develops deep and meaningful relationships with community partners, using facilitation and evaluation techniques grounded in systems science to help them mobilize a core group of multisector leaders to improve the health of their community.

Data for All: Empowering Communities to Improve Health

Through this project, ChildObesity180 has begun development of a sophisticated, responsive, and innovative technological platform that will give communities power to generate, integrate, analyze, share, interpret, and communicate their own data to drive lasting improvements in community health.

i-DINE: Improving Digital Imaging for Nutrient Evaluation

i-DINE: Improving Digital Imaging for Nutrient Evaluation is a study to develop a novel method of dietary assessment, both easing the process and providing quick and accurate nutritional information.

Kansas Food Policy Council Project

The Kansas Food Policy Council Project is a state-wide evaluation of councils across Kansas. The main goals are to assess the effect that the provision of technical assistance by KC Healthy Kids has on councils and to assess the impact that council-led initiatives are having on community food systems in Kansas.

Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR)

This cross-disciplinary initiative, co-led by Dr. Economos, is harnessing Tufts’ strengths in wide-ranging domains (e.g., nutrition, social sciences, medicine, data science, economics, and others) to define common aspirations and identify ways to create collaborative, high impact projects that help solve the global obesity crisis.