UMatter is a study that delivers an adolescent obesity prevention/intervention to girls ages 10 to 14 and their mothers using a health care home model in a primary care setting. Berge serves as co-principal investigator.

Study Details

  • Educational sessions at the primary care clinic for girls and their mothers (daughters and mothers meet separately with their own peers) with a family meal at the end of the educational session 
  • Physical activity sessions at the primary care clinic and in the community
  • Appointment with primary care doctor
  • In-home visit to set family-level goals around health and wellness


Berge JM, Wickel K, Bucchianeri M, Neumark-Sztainer D. (in press). UMatter: Using community-based participatory research to deliver obesity prevention through a primary care Health Care Home. In: Korin M, ed. Handbook of Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents. New York, NY: Springer.


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