Harris Obesity Prevention Effort (HOPE)

HOPE celebrates National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September and all year long. Check back each month to see how HOPE is spreading the word and promoting obesity awareness and prevention. 

  • Giving HOPE to Parents and Teachers!

    • "How to Grow a Healthy Preschooler:" Our evidence-based strategies to help young children develop healthy habits. Now available in Spanish, Korean and Mandarin!
    • One Conversation at a Time: Our guidance on how to have a successful start to the new school year!

About HOPE

Established in 2005 by the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Foundation, the Harris Obesity Prevention Effort (HOPE) is a major initiative at the NYU Langone Medical Center to prevent childhood obesity. Under the leadership of Laurie Miller Brotman, Ph.D., HOPE brings together a world-class multidisciplinary team of scientists, clinicians and educators to combat this complex and costly public health epidemic.

HOPE is dedicated to the development, evaluation and dissemination of evidence-based practices for families and educators to help young children establish healthy behaviors around eating, physical activity, and sleep to prevent childhood obesity. HOPE is also committed to providing evidence-based treatments to morbidly obese adolescents who already suffering the devastating physical health and mental health consequences of obesity.