Obesity

Framing Financial Incentives For the Overweight & Obese – PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD

A study by PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and other health behavior researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows that financial incentives for increasing physical activity are highly effective among the population of overweight and obese. “Most workplace wellness programs typically … Read more


Does Competition Positively Impact Physical Activity? : PRC Researchers Kevin Volpp and David Asch

PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, and PRC Researcher David Asch, MD, MBA, compare the effectiveness of different combinations of social comparison feedback and financial incentives to increase physical activity in a study in the July/August issue of the American … Read more


Philly’s New Soda Tax: PRC Director Karen Glanz Evaluates the Implications on Knowledge@Wharton

  As a guest on Knowledge@Wharton radio, UPenn PRC Director Karen Glanz evaluated the health and financial implications of the Philadelphia’s new “soda tax” passed by City Council on June 16, 2016. According to Glanz, while a difference in consumption … Read more


New Food Labeling Guidelines: Karen Glanz Unpacks the Facts on Knowledge@Wharton

  UPenn PRC Director, Karen Glanz, PhD, and Wharton marketing professor, Jason Riis discussed the new Federal food labeling guidelines on the June 13, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton. Observing that past labeling revisions often were driven by a single concern, … Read more


USDA Announces $3.8 Million in Grants and Additional $7 Million Available for Critical Research to Prevent Childhood Obesity

        The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking research grant funding applications for projects that focus on the “… societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the … Read more


Team-based Goals Enhance Incentives to Increase Physical Activity

      In the March 15, 2016 issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine,  UPenn PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, UPenn PRC researcher David Asch, MD, MBA, and co-authors reported on a study to compare the effectiveness of … Read more