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Location Initiated Individualized Texts for African American Adolescent Health (LIITA3H)

The obesity epidemic in the US has disproportionately affected African American (AA) adolescents who have a prevalence of obesity that is almost 50% higher than that of their Caucasian peers. This higher prevalence is due in part to greater exposure to, and higher consumption of, fast food and calorie dense foods among minority populations than their majority peers. Finding effective ways to address dietary habits affecting childhood obesity in general and in African American adolescents particularly is vital to averting the magnitude of obesity-related illnesses and the associated costs that are likely to cloud the future of American children. 

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Samir Gadepalli, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

Samir Gadepalli, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

Originally from the northeast, Dr. Gadepalli has found a home in Ann Arbor. He completed his undergraduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. His general surgical residency was at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. While in training, he obtained an MBA through the University of Phoenix Online program concentrating on Health Care Management. His educational accolades included Resident Teacher of the Year awards twice during residency, culminating in being a Finalist for the Resident Award for Exemplary Teaching, in 2007, given by the American College of Surgeons.

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Research from the National Poll on Children's Health

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Tweens Safe Alone? Parents Less Sure About Guns Than Emergencies

When school gets out for the summer, parents must make arrangements for supervision of their children. This can be particularly difficult for “tweens” – children 9-12 years old – who may view themselves as too old for a babysitter, but who may be too immature to stay home unsupervised. In May 2016, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents of children 9-12 years old about their expectations for summer supervision of their tweens.