Permanent increases in physical activity are necessary for weight management and reducing chronic disease risk, but current behavior change approaches have limited ability to produce the sustained changes necessary to achieve health benefits. The proposed competitive revision is relevant to public health because developing a clearer understanding of the key mechanisms that optimize adherence and long-term efficacy of behavior change interventions is critically important for reducing disease risk and preventing weight gain and regain. The inability to produce sustainable health behavior changes is a major barrier to reducing the burden of chronic disease.

Victoria Catenacci, MD

Principal Investigator

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Denver, CO

Dr. Catenacci is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Her specialties include: Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2001), Internal Medicine - Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Board Certification (2007). She completed her Undergraduate degree with a BS from the University of Notre Dame (IN) (1994) and completed medical school from Yale University School of Medicine (1998). She further completed her internship at Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program (1999) and Residency Program: Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program, Internal Medicine (2001) Yale-New Haven Medical Center Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2002). Dr. Catenacci's clinical interests include: Diabetes, General Endocrinology, Physical Activity and Weight Loss/Maintenance​.

Robert Kuczmarski, PhD


Program Official