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Project CHAMP

About Us

Project Champ is a nutrition and physical activity program designed to build healthy habits among preschool children in Maryland. Fun with new foods uses fun activities to have kids explore and try new foods. Get Movin' with Mighty Moves is designed to help preschoolers' develop their motor skills, build confidence and increase physical activity. Our team will monitor kids growth, motor skills, and food preferences several times over the year. 

Tools & Measures

We will measure:


  • Height
  • Weight
  • Waist Circumference
  • Wearing an actical for one week

Food Knowledge

  • Food Tasting
  • Food Preference

Gross Motor Development

  • TGMD-2

Project Coordinator



Raquel Arbaiza, M.A.
Project Coordinator 

University of Maryland, School of Medicine




The Team

Maureen  Black Ph.D.
Principal Investigator 

University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Bridget Armstrong Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Maryland, School of Medicine

Research Assistants

Candace Johnson
Halima Doka
Romulus Castelo
Sophie Haber-Sage

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities


If you'd like to apply for an internship or volunteer position, please email Raquel Arbaiza.

If interested internship positions, please send resume or CV to:   

Raquel Arbaiza
Project CHAMP, Project Coordinator
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
737 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201