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Helena Laroche, MD

TitleScientific Medical Director, Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition
InstitutionChildren's Mercy Kansas City
DepartmentPediatrics
Address2401 Gillham Rd
Kansas City MO 64108
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    TitleAssociate Professor of Pediatrics
    InstitutionUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
    DepartmentPediatrics


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    University of Missouri Medical School, Columbia, MOMD1999
    University of Rochester, Rochester, New YorkResident2003
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI2005RWJ clinical scholars - research fellowship
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIFellow2006Health Services Research Fellowship-General Pediatrics

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    Dr. Laroche is a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric Physician who focuses on obesity prevention and child and adult weight management. Her research focuses on community and family approaches to obesity prevention. She works in partnership with community-based organizations to design interventions for families. These interventions support healthy behaviors while also addressing the social needs and circumstances that influence those behaviors. She has also done research on interventions in micro-environments to improve dietary behaviors including concession stands and cafeterias and research on how parents and children influence one another's health behaviors. She is also working with other weight management physicians on research to improve weight management treatment for children. Recently she has also been researching how best to connect patients to community resources to address social determinants of health.

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    1. Paravasthuramesh A, Laroche HH. Characterization of Weight Management Clinic Patients: An Observational Chart-Based Study. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2021 May-Jun; 15(3):285-286. PMID: 33934995.
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    2. Julius BR, O'Shea AMJ, Francis SL, Janz KF, Laroche H. Leading by Example: Association Between Mother and Child Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior. Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2021 Apr 05; 33(2):49-60. PMID: 33819915.
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    3. Ford CN, Chang S, Wood AC, Manson JE, Garcia DO, Laroche H, Bird CE, Vitolins MZ. On the joint role of non-Hispanic Black race/ethnicity and weight status in predicting postmenopausal weight gain. PLoS One. 2021; 16(3):e0247821. PMID: 33647066.
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    4. Zhen-Duan J, Engebretsen B, Laroche HH. Diet and physical activity changes among low-income families: perspectives of mothers and their children. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2019 Dec; 14(1):1658700. PMID: 31452465.
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    5. Behrman P, Fitzgibbon M, Buscemi J, Sanchez-Johnsen L, Laroche H, Yanez B, Gonzales R, Gwede CK, Raja S, Jacobson L, Gil-Rivas V, Tam-Ashing K. Society of Behavioral Medicine Position Statement: Congress should protect immigrants seeking health care. Transl Behav Med. 2019 11 25; 9(6):1244-1247. PMID: 31367753.
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    6. Tucker S, Abbott L, Anderson R, Eppen K, Laroche H, Paelmo E, Lanningham-Foster L. Implementing Follow-Along Physical Activity Videos with People Living With Chronic Conditions: A Feasibility Study. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2019 Oct; 16(5):352-361. PMID: 31380602.
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    7. Davis AM, Hanrahan LP, Bokov AF, Schlachter S, Laroche HH, Waitman LR. Patient Engagement and Attitudes Toward Using the Electronic Medical Record for Medical Research: The 2015 Greater Plains Collaborative Health and Medical Research Family Survey. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Mar 12; 8(3):e11148. PMID: 30860485.
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    8. Sarma EA, Moyer A, Messina CR, Laroche HH, Snetselaar L, Van Horn L, Lane DS. Is There a Spillover Effect of Targeted Dietary Change on Untargeted Health Behaviors? Evidence From a Dietary Modification Trial. Health Educ Behav. 2019 08; 46(4):569-581. PMID: 30808245.
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    9. Behrman P, Demirci J, Yanez B, Beharie N, Laroche H. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM urges Congress to preserve and extend funding for Medicaid services. Transl Behav Med. 2019 01 01; 9(1):175-178. PMID: 29741734.
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    10. Behrman P, Demirci J, Yanez B, Beharie N, Laroche H. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM urges Congress to preserve and increase the financing of federally funded nutrition assistance programs and services. Transl Behav Med. 2019 01 01; 9(1):170-174. PMID: 29726980.
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    11. Baquero B, Kava CM, Ashida S, Daniel-Ulloa J, Laroche HH, Haines H, Bucklin R, Maldonado A, Coronado Garcia M, Berto S, Sewell D, Novak N, Janz K, Gates C, Parker EA. Active Ottumwa: Adapting Evidence-Based Recommendations to Promote Physical Activity in a Micropolitan New Destination Community. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 05 04; 15(5). PMID: 29734709.
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    12. Metcalf KM, Baquero BI, Coronado Garcia ML, Francis SL, Janz KF, Laroche HH, Sewell DK. Calibration of the global physical activity questionnaire to Accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary behavior. BMC Public Health. 2018 03 27; 18(1):412. PMID: 29587694.
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    13. Montuclard AL, Park-Mroch J, O'Shea AMJ, Wansink B, Irvin J, Laroche HH. College Cafeteria Signage Increases Water Intake but Water Position on the Soda Dispenser Encourages More Soda Consumption. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 10; 49(9):764-771.e1. PMID: 28743437.
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    14. Reyes J, Tripp-Reimer T, Parker E, Muller B, Laroche H. Factors Influencing Diabetes Self-Management Among Medically Underserved Patients With Type II Diabetes. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2017 Jan-Dec; 4:2333393617713097. PMID: 28660239.
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    15. Gilbert PA, Laroche HH, Wallace RB, Parker EA, Curry SJ. Extending Work on Rural Health Disparities: A Commentary on Matthews and Colleagues' Report. J Rural Health. 2018 03; 34(2):119-121. PMID: 28397970.
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    16. Laroche HH, Hradek C, Hansen K, Hanks AS, Just DR, Wansink B. Healthy Concessions: High School Students' Responses to Healthy Concession Stand Changes. J Sch Health. 2017 02; 87(2):98-105. PMID: 28076924.
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    17. Boone-Heinonen J, Howard AG, Meyer K, Lewis CE, Kiefe CI, Laroche HH, Gunderson EP, Gordon-Larsen P. Marriage and parenthood in relation to obesogenic neighborhood trajectories: The CARDIA study. Health Place. 2015 Jul; 34:229-40. PMID: 26093081.
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    18. Laroche HH, Ford C, Hansen K, Cai X, Just DR, Hanks AS, Wansink B. Concession stand makeovers: a pilot study of offering healthy foods at high school concession stands. J Public Health (Oxf). 2015 Mar; 37(1):116-24. PMID: 24623802.
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    19. Laroche HH, Wallace RB, Snetselaar L, Hillis SL, Cai X, Steffen LM. Weight gain among men and women who have a child enter their home. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Nov; 113(11):1504-10. PMID: 23876450.
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    20. Laroche HH, Wallace RB, Snetselaar L, Hillis SL, Steffen LM. Changes in diet behavior when adults become parents. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Jun; 112(6):832-9. PMID: 22551676.
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    21. Laroche HH, Davis MM, Forman J, Palmisano G, Reisinger HS, Tannas C, Spencer M, Heisler M. Children's roles in parents' diabetes self-management. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec; 37(6 Suppl 1):S251-61. PMID: 19896027.
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    22. Laroche HH, Heisler M, Forman J, Anderson M, Davis MM. When adults with diabetes attempt to drink less soda: resulting adult-child interactions and household changes. J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Sep; 100(9):1004-11. PMID: 18807427.
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    23. Laroche HH, Davis MM, Forman J, Palmisano G, Heisler M. What about the children? The experience of families involved in an adult-focused diabetes intervention. Public Health Nutr. 2008 Apr; 11(4):427-36. PMID: 17686202.
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    24. Laroche HH, Hofer TP, Davis MM. Adult fat intake associated with the presence of children in households: findings from NHANES III. J Am Board Fam Med. 2007 Jan-Feb; 20(1):9-15. PMID: 17204729.
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