core obesity solutions projects

By combining the domain expertise of the many outstanding scientists at ASU and Mayo Clinic while embracing new technologies, new forms of public-partnerships, and the spirit of entrepreneurship and transdisciplinarity, we are testing a range of possible solutions to this incredibly complex challenge. While our focus begins at home with devising solutions that work for ASU and local K-12 students, Mayo Clinic patients, and a range of communities in Maricopa county and Arizona, the vision is ultimately globally transformative in scope. All good solutions must be scalable and sharable.
 
Our core test projects are made possible through the generosity of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
 

 

FITPHX
We are partnering with FitPhx and the Office of the Mayor of Phoenix and our own ASU student interns to redesign public libraries as physical places that help children learn health. Read more.
 
 
STREETLIGHT, USA
We are partnering with local organization Streetlight, USA to develop and test interventions that better support the needs of homeless youth specifically. Read more.
 
 
POST-BARIATRIC EXPERIENCES PROJECT
Using insights from social science, including ethnography, this longitudinal project will focus on how people cope with the complex physical and social changes that happen after surgery for many years, to identify strategies that help make lifelong healthy weight maintenance less of a personal and medical struggle. Read more.
 
 
ASU-HEALTHVAULT PROJECT
ASU is partnering with Microsoft HealthVault to provide an integrated system for all our students to track, and get personal feedback on, their everyday diet, exercise, sleep, and stress status. Read more.
 
 
HUMAN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MEASUREMENT CORE
The goal of the Mayo Physical Activity Measurement Core (PAMC) is to provide objective measurement of physical activity in patients with diastolic heart failure during the course of the NEAT-DHF study. Read more.
 
 
THE HEALTHY CAMPUS PROJECT
We have several on-campus initiatives aimed at improving student health, including the Health Leadership Fellows, the Active Dorm project, and a Weight Management course offering. Read more.
 
 
UNDERSTANDING OBESITY THROUGH BIG DATA
This project leverages ASU’s leadership in “big data” and complex systems analysis with the Mayo Clinic’s extraordinary longitudinal Rochester Epidemiological Project dataset. The goal is understanding obesity as it emerges and shapes health within real populations. Read more.
 
 
PROJECT HONEYBEE
In partnership with Sustainable Health, we use nature's own honey bee as a model for collecting and validating data to sustain human health. Read more.
 
 
OBESITY SOLUTIONS FUNDING CHALLENGE
We host a competition for entrepreneurs to submit their ideas and business plans for products and services that can have a real, positive impact on obesity. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges, and are awarded support and funding to get their business ideas off the ground. Read more.