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Does a sleep intervention reduce weight gain in infancy? A novel approach

48 months
Approved budget:
Ms Louise Fangupo
Professor Rachael Taylor
Dr Justine Camp
Associate Professor Rosalina Richards
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Lay summary
Improving sleep in infants has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of child obesity, but in predominantly European populations. Maori and Pasifika expertise on sleep and wellbeing will be woven with scientific knowledge and a novel research technique (Multiphase Optimization StraTegy) to develop a sleep toolkit that Well Child providers and other health professionals (including dietitians) can use to improve sleep, reduce excessive weight gain, support communication and connectedness, and improve the wellbeing of tamariki and whanau.