Pennington Biomedical Research Center conducting study to combat childhood obesity

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - In an effort to keep Louisiana kids healthy, researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center is conducting studies to find out how to combat childhood obesity.

Researchers are trying to identify physical activity habits in local children through the TIGER Kids study.

The purpose of the study is to research ways to increase kids' physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior.

Researchers are looking to recruit about 200 kids from the Baton Rouge area for the study. Interested participants need to be between 10 and 16 years old.

They are are currently seeking children who are overweight or obese to participate.

Participants will be asked to wear two different activity monitors. One is a GPS monitor that will help researchers figure out where the kids are spending their time. The other is an activity monitor that helps determine the intensity of the participant's physical activity over one week.

After the week is over, the participant will come back to Pennington Biomedical for a clinic visit.

Participants will receive compensation for their time.

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