Physical activity


Health Equity

About CORA


The Collaborative on Obesity Research & Action is a consortium of Seattle-area scientists who study, treat, and prevent obesity and related chronic diseases. Our members are based at the University of Washington, Children’s Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, VA Puget Sound, and Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute.

Tackling complex diseases such as obesity requires transciplinary innovation. CORA brings together experts from health and social sciences to address the biological, social, economic, and environmental issues that underlie chronic disease, using innovative tools and technology.

Our projects are designed to translate research into real-world change. We do this through partnerships with many leading health and research organizations in Seattle and other communities throughout the world. 



"Take Active Breaks from Sitting", a pilot study led by Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute. The study coached older adults to sit for a half hour less, on average, every day.

A pilot project in two Navajo Nation communities in New Mexico inspires youth and families to grow and eat more fruits and vegetables. The project aims to improve health and well-being while reducing rates of diabetes and cancer. Video by Katherine Turner; edited by Ed Mays