iStart Smart: Promoting Health and Weight Management in the Primary Care Clinic for Overweight and Obese Chinese American Children

This project partners with North East Medical Services (NEMS), a non-profit community health center targeting the underserved Asian immigrant population in San Francisco, to explore the feasibility of implementing an 8-week weight management program for overweight and obese Chinese American children. The intervention aims to reduce body mass index and improve healthy lifestyles. As part of the project, we will also develop a clinical toolkit to screen for obesity, eating habits, and physical activity levels, as well as a guide to enhancing communication with children and caregivers. This collaboration will lead to the development of a larger research grant to test the efficacy of a comprehensive obesity management program for underserved new immigrants in the primary care setting.