The Center for Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Research supports research as well as commmunity initiatives that provide professionals and the public access to appropriate resources for preventing diabetes.

Below is some information about the Center's newest research project!


Positive Outcomes for Women (POW) research study. This study is looking at ways to prevent type 2 diabetes in women who had diabetes during pregnancy.

Diabetes during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of developing diabetes later in life. We are looking for women who had diabetes during pregnancy and we are offering them the option to join a wellness program of their choice, free of charge.

The study is 12 months long. If you choose to participate, you will take part in three meetings throughout the year: 1) one meeting at the beginning 2) one meeting around 4-6 months and 3) one meeting at 12 months.

At the first meeting you will sign a consent form, complete surveys, and get your height, weight, and blood sugar measured. You will receive gift cards after each meeting to thank you for your time ($30 for the first meeting, $40, for the second meeting and $50 for the last meeting).

As part of the study, you will join and participate in a wellness program of your choice. You will choose a wellness program at the first meeting. The research study will pay for the cost of the wellness program. We offer programs that are in-person, over the phone or on the computer.

Contact us at 317-278-9688 or to learn more about the study. We will also follow up with you in the next few weeks to see if you would like to take part in this study.

Check out the programs that are available for participants below:

Encourage Healthy Families is a healthy lifestyle program for moms and kids. It also includes childcare for younger children. The mom’s group a focuses on healthy eating, exercise and behavior change for weight loss. Participants keep food and activity logs and weigh-in weekly.

The group meets every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7pm for the first 6 months and then once or twice a month for the next 6 months.  Youth ages 8-15 participate in their own group while moms participate in the adult group.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven lifestyle change program to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Groups meet every week for the first 6 months and then once or twice a month for the next 6 months. Group members keep food and activity logs and weigh-in weekly to work towards the goal of losing 5-7% of weight. Sessions involve group support and discussion on a variety of food, exercise and behavior change topics.

Healthy Me is an individualized health coaching program through Eskenazi Health that supports clients to improve their overall health and well-being. Health coaching is designed to meet every person where they are to assist them in becoming the best version of themselves. Participants typically talk with their coach once a week for the first eight weeks and then every other week for next eight weeks. Coaching is offered in a combination of phone calls and in-person visits at a variety of locations.

Healthy Me also offers a monthly support group meeting. During the warmer months, members can join Healthy Me Garden Clubs to learn more about gardening and cooking.

Dietitian Consults: Meet one-on-one with a registered dietitian for guidance on making dietary changes for healthy eating, physical activity and diabetes prevention. Sessions are personalized to meet your individual needs and areas of interest. This option includes up to 2 sessions. You are able to space out the sessions according to your schedule.

HabitNu delivers the proven Diabetes Prevention Program through an app on your phone or on a computer. HabitNu equips you with the tools, resources and support to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Learn from educational videos and leverage the support of participants just like you, all under the guidance of your lifestyle coach.

Health Coaching: Work one-on-one with a health coach to achieve your health goals. Talk with your health coach on the phone about once a week to set nutrition and exercise goals. Health coaches specialize in diabetes prevention.

Weight Watchers is a weight loss program that helps people create healthy habits. Weight watchers offers wellness workshops and online support. You can use the app for tracking, food ideas and encouragement and/or attend the group workshops. Choose the type of weight watchers plan that works best for you.