Helena H. Laroche, MD, MS

Associate Director of Weight Management Clinic
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information

Clinic: Iowa River Landing
Coralville, IA 52242

Staff Contact:


MD, University of Missouri Medical School

Resident, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, University of Rochester
Fellow, Health Services Research Fellowship-General Pediatrics, University of Michigan

Licensure and Certifications

Iowa Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine
Federal Controlled Substance Certification - United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
Iowa Controlled Substance Certification - Iowa Board of Pharmacy


Behrman, P., Demirci, J., Yanez, B., Beharie, N. & Laroche, H. (2018). Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: SBM urges Congress to preserve and extend funding for Medicaid services. Translational Behavioral Medicine. PMID: 29741734.

Metcalf, K. M., Baquero, B. I., Coronado Garcia, M. L., Francis, S. L., Janz, K. F., Laroche, H. H. & Sewell, D. K. (2018). Calibration of the global physical activity questionnaire to Accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary behavior. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 412. PMID: 29587694.

Baquero, B., Kava, C. M., Ashida, S., Daniel-Ulloa, J., Laroche, H. H., Haines, H., Bucklin, R., Maldonado, A., Coronado Garcia, M., Berto, S., Sewell, D., Novak, N., Janz, K., Gates, C. & Parker, E. A. (2018). Active Ottumwa: Adapting Evidence-Based Recommendations to Promote Physical Activity in a Micropolitan New Destination Community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5). PMID: 29734709.

Laroche, H. H., Hradek, C., Anderson, K., Hanks, A. S., Just, D. R., Hoy, K. & Wansink, B. (2017). Healthy Concessions: High School Students' Responses to Healthy Concession Stand Changes. Journal of School Health, 87(2), 98-105. PMID: 28076924.

Reyes, J., Tripp-Reimer, T., Parker, E., Muller, B. & Laroche, H. (2017). Factors Influencing Diabetes Self-Management Among Medically Underserved Patients With Type II Diabetes. Global Qualitative Nursing Research.

Gilbert, P. A., Laroche, H. H., Wallace, R. B., Parker, E. A. & Curry, S. J. (2017). Extending Work on Rural Health Disparities: A Commentary on Matthews and Colleagues' Report. The Journal of Rural Health. PMID: 28397970.

Montuclard, A. L., Park-Mroch, J., O'Shea AMJ,, Wansink, B., Irvin, J. & Laroche, H. H. (2017). College Cafeteria Signage Increases Water Intake but Water Position on the Soda Dispenser Encourages More Soda Consumption. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, pii:S1499-4046(17), 30649-8. PMID: 28743437.

Laroche, H. H., Ford, C., Hansen, K. & et al, (2017). Improving the Nutrition Environment Through Changing Concession Stand Options:Eight Steps to Making Healthy Improvements. CDC.

Boone-Heinonen, J., Howard, A. G., Meyer, K., Lewis, C. E., Kiefe, C. I., Laroche, H. H., Gunderson, E. P. & Gordon-Larsen, P. (2015). Marriage and parenthood in relation to obesogenic neighborhood trajectories: The CARDIA study. Health Place, 34, 229-240. PMID: 26093081.

Laroche, H. H., Ford, C., Anderson, K., Cai, X., Just, D. R., Hanks, A. S. & Wansink, B. (2015). Concession Stand Makeovers: A Pilot Study of Offering Healthy Foods at High School Concession Stands. Journal of Public Health (Oxford), 37(1), 116-124. PMID: 24623802.

Laroche, H. H., Wallace, R. D., Snetselaar, L., Hillis, S. L., Cai, X. & Steffen, L. M. (2013). Weight gain among men and women who have a child enter their home. J Acad Nutr Diet, 113(11), 1504-10. PMID: 23876450.

Boone-Heinonen, J., Lewis, C., Kiefe, C., Gunderson, E. P., Laroche, H. H. & Gordon-Larsen, P. (2012). Married with Children - Contribution of Neighborhood Environments to Weight Gain. In The CARDIA Study. Obesity Society Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Laroche, H. H., Wallace, R. B., Snetselaar, L. G., Hillis, S. & Steffen, L. M. (2012). Changes in Diet Behavior when Adults become Parents. Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (previously the Journal of the American Dietetic Association), 112(6), 832-839. PMID: 22551676.

Laroche, H. H., Snetselaar, L. G. (2011). Rural Parents and Exercise: Children as Barriers and Motivators. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 26(3), 234-245.

Laroche, H. H., Davis, M. M., Forman, J., Palmisano, G., Reisinger, H. S., Tannas, C., Spencer, M. & Heisler, M. (2009). Children's Roles in Parents' Diabetes Self-Management: Children's and Parent's Perceptions. Am J Prev Med, 37(6 Suppl 1), S251-61. PMID: 19896027.

Laroche, H. H., Davis, M. M., Forman, J., Palmisano, G. & Heisler, M. (2008). What about the Children? The Experience of Families Involved in an Adult-focused Diabetes Intervention. Public Health Nutr, 11(4), 427-36. PMID: 17686202.

Laroche, H. H., Heisler, M., Forman, J., Anderson, M. & Davis, M. M. (2008). When Adults with Diabetes Attempt to Drink Less Soda: Resulting Adult-Child Interactions and Household Changes. JNMA, 100(9), 1004-11. PMID: 18807427.

Laroche, H. H., Klein, J. (2008). Factors that Contribute to Turnover Among Youth Development Workers. Journal of Youth Development, 2(3), 0803FA003.

Laroche, H. H., Hofer, T. P. & Davis, M. M. (2007). Adult fat intake associated with the presence of children in households: findings from NHANES III. J Am Board Fam Med, 20(1), 9-15. PMID: 17204729.

Hillman, H. W. (1994). Unspoken Issues: Interactions Between Students with Physical Disabilities and Professor Regarding Provision of Accommodations. Undergraduate Honor Thesis, Brown University.

Hillman, L. S., Forte, L. R., Veum, T., Ru, Y., Howard, B., Rowe, A. & Laroche, H. H. (1994). Effect of Parathyroid Hormone-related Peptide Supplementation of Soy Protein Formulas in the Neonatal Pig Model. J Bone Mineral Res, 9(7), 1047-52. PMID: 7942151.