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Short, tailored text messages are sent to obese adolescents that address five evidence-based weight-related behavioral domains: 

  1. reduction of screen time, 
  2. regular consumption of a healthy breakfast, 
  3. decreased consumption of sweetened beverages, 
  4. decreased consumption of fast food, and 
  5. increased consumption of fruit and vegetable. 

Texts include highly tailored messages, targeted messages and reminders.


Aim 1. Develop tailored text messages on five evidence-based weight-related topics, that are sent to the cellular phones of obese adolescents as an adjunct to an intensive multidisciplinary behavioral weight management program.

Aim 2. Develop a computer application to (a) send tailored text messages on a regular schedule to cellular phones and to (b) receive text responses from participants.

Aim 3. To pilot and feasibility test the text messaging intervention developed in Aims # 1 and 2 in 10 obese adolescents enrolled in the University of Michigan Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Management Program.

Aim 4. Write and submit a NIH career development proposal to conduct a larger trial, ultimately leading to an RO1 application to perform a randomized controlled study of this intervention


Newly enrolled participants in the MPOWER program offered through the Pediatric department (13-17 year old English speakers with a BMI in the 95 percentile or higher)

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