Welcome to Dynamo Kids!

Healthy Children, Healthy Futures

Dynamo Kids! is a program for parents of children who are 6 to 12 years old. Dynamo Kids! shows parents how to improve eating and physical activity in their children.


Dynamo Kids! is a research program. It's designed to help parents help their children learn good eating and activity habits. Good health habits help prevent obesity. The program lasts 3 months, and is only on the internet.

Dynamo Kids! works with researchers and physicians in Dallas, TX:

  • Children’s Health
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • University of Texas School of Public Health

Pediatricians work with the Dynamo Kids! program. They tell parents about the program during an office visit, after they talk about their child’s weight and health. Pediatricians will take care of your children during the online program, and after.

Would you like to know more? Please email our program team at dynamokidsinfo@gmail.com, or call (972) 591-3522.

About Us

Sarah E. Barlow, MD, MPH, is a nationally known expert in childhood obesity, especially in studying the role of healthcare in addressing this epidemic. She has been the medical director of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary weight management programs at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO and at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX. She was the lead author on the summary paper for the 2007 Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity. She was on the advisory team that developed the curriculum for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She was a co-investigator in the CDC-sponsored Texas Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration project, in which she led the primary prevention changes to pediatric practices to improve obesity recognition and care.

Marlyn Allicock, PhD, MPH, is a behavioral scientist with over 15 years of experience in the field of cancer prevention and control. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the elimination of cancer-related health disparities in minority populations. Her research has particular emphasis on reducing risk factors (promoting healthy diets and physical activity) for cancer and chronic diseases in minority/underserved populations. Her research takes place in churches, community-based clinics and low-income settings with marked health disparities. Dr. Allicock has collaborated and led several health communication interventions focused on improving diet, physical activity, and cancer screening among at-risk populations.

Victoria Nelson, BBA, Victoria Nelson serves as a manager of community health programs at Children's Health, Dallas. As part of her role, Victoria serves as the project manager for Dynamo Kids!

Josh Yudkin, MPH, MA, is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. He has experience in developing and evaluating culturally sensitive tailored interventions on both an international and domestic level. Mr. Yukin serves as the Research Assistant for this program.

Katie Law, BA, is an MPH candidate in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. She has 10 years of experience as an advocate and Counselor in reproductive justice services focusing on direct patient care. Katie Law serves as a Research Assistant for this program.

Montgomery Turner-Little, BSEd, is a master’s student in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas, School of Public Health. He has experience working in communities with at-risk youth. He serves as a Research Assistant for this program.

Laura Osornio, RD/LD, is a pediatric dietitian who is very passionate about helping children become healthy and strong adults. She has collaborated in the development of programs to guide families towards a better health through nutrition and physical activity. She has experience working with patients with a variety of health concerns including diabetes, high blood pressure, babies who struggle gaining weight or have feeding difficulties, cystic fibrosis, etc. Laura is originally from Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish!

Dynamo Kids! Advisory Team is tasked with lending their health expertise to guide all aspects of this program. Our team includes pediatricians, dietitians and health behavior specialists.
Members include:

Michiko Clutter, PhD
Amy Holcombe, MS, RD, LD
Alex Reid, MBA
Patricia A. Rodriguez, MD, FAAP
Christy Boling Turer, MD, MHS, FAAP, FTOS

Want to Know More?

  1. How do I participate in Dynamo Kids!?
    If you want to be part of the program:
    • Your child must be a patient at 1 of our partner sites
    • Your child is between the ages of 6-12 years old
    • Your child’s pediatrician has recommended your child to the program
    • You must have access to the internet
  2. How can I learn more about this project?
    Email our program team at dynamokidsinfo@gmail.com or call (972) 591-3522.
  3. What do I do if I lose my password?
    Contact the program team to reset your password. Email dynamokidsinfo@gmail.com or call (972) 591-3522.
  4. What do I do if I can’t log in?
    Email the program team at dynamokidsinfo@gmail.com or call (972) 591-3522.
  5. What if I decide I no longer wish to participate, what do I need to do?
    Email the program team at dynamokidsinfo@gmail.com or call (972) 591-3522 to have your name removed from the list of participants. We will take you off our list for future contact.
  6. How long will the program last?
    The program is 3 to 4 months long.