UI investigators awarded $750,000 grant to study health and fitness
among Iowa youth
Friday, August 12, 2011
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded investigators in the
University of Iowa College of Public Health a three-year, $750,000 grant to
expand a study of health and fitness among youth in Muscatine, Iowa.
The new grant will establish Choosing Healthy Actions in Muscatine Public
Schools (CHAMPS), a collaboration between the UI, the Muscatine Community School
District, and the local community to implement a health curriculum focused on
educating students about physical activity, proper food intake, and lowering
their cardiovascular risk.
"CHAMPS will help create the social and physical environment students need to
make proper, healthy choices," said Trudy L. Burns, M.P.H., Ph.D., UI professor
of epidemiology in the College of Public Health. "We very much appreciate the
continued support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in our
"The CHAMPS program continues a relationship between the UI and
the Muscatine-community that began in 1970 with the Muscatine Heart Study, the
longest running study of cardiovascular risk factors in children in the world.
Many of the students who will participate in CHAMPS are the children and
grandchildren of the original Muscatine Heart Study participants.
"The dramatic increase in poor-health indicators among Muscatine middle
school students over the forty years of the Muscatine Heart Study is extremely
concerning," Burns concluded. "CHAMPS, however, provides a great opportunity to
reverse this trend by teaching healthy habits that these young people can
practice for the rest of their lives."
CHAMPS includes investigators from the UI's departments of epidemiology,
biostatistics, neurology, ophthalmology, and health and human physiology.
The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private
philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa. Biomedical and scientific
research; primary, secondary and higher education; and other issues related to
the needs of youth are the program areas of greatest interest to the Carver
The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private
contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information
about the UI Foundation, visit its website at http://www.uiowafoundation.org.