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National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research  

Washington,  DC 
United States
https://www.nccor.org/
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Let NCCOR help with your research and grant proposals!

For over a decade, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has transformed the field of childhood obesity prevention through its structure, design, contributions, and accomplishments. Launched in 2009, NCCOR brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Through NCCOR, these organizations work in tandem to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity for all children, with particular attention to high-risk populations and communities. NCCOR’s goals include:

  • Supporting researchers and practitioners with tools that help build the capacity for research and surveillance
  • Maximizing outcomes from research and supporting evaluations
  • Using innovation to stimulate broad thinking to generate fresh, synergistic ideas
  • Increasing knowledge to find solutions by promoting new research funding mechanisms and translating and disseminating research findings
  • Looking to the road ahead and building new partnerships to solve problems

Learn more about NCCOR!

  • Get fast facts about NCCOR to share with a friend or colleague. 
  • Delve deeper into NCCOR products and resources with our overview guide.
  • Learn about NCCOR's focus on health equity in our 2020 Annual Report.
  • Visit the NCCOR website to learn more about our history, research publications, and upcoming events.

We're hiring for an entry-level program assistant! Join our team and apply today! 


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NCCOR 10 Year Anniversary
A Guide to Methods for Assessing Childhood Obesity

 Msg #4367: Press Releases

  • A new paper published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine describes priorities and next steps for enhancing measurement tools and using high-quality measures in research to address the childhood obesity epidemic. The paper, “Advancing Measurement to Address Childhood Obesity: Results of 3 Workshops,” arises from a series of workshops held in 2019 and early 2020 by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) and funded by The JPB Foundation. Since its inception, a key priority of NCCOR has been to promote the use of high quality, standardized measures across surveillance, epidemiology, and intervention research related to childhood obesity.

    The series of three workshops focused on measurement of individual behaviors; environmental influences; and policy influences related to diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep. Each workshop focused on high-risk populations and communities. A white paper series that describes each workshop individually is available on the NCCOR website: www.nccor.org/projects/measurement-workshop-series/.

    In this paper, the authors, whom are all members of NCCOR, describe common challenges and opportunities that emerged across the three workshops. The workshops identified six major categories for action including 1) develop new measures; 2) review what is known and maximize cross-sectoral collaboration; 3) build measurement tools, guidance, and data resources; 4) enhance capacity, dissemination, and collaboration; 5) develop research methods, approaches, and enhanced linkage; and 6) expand data collection, research, and publication. Within these categories, workshop attendees identified 73 specific actions, all of which are listed in the paper. Some actions include considering how behaviors vary across a 24-hour day, identifying metrics from housing and transportation sectors that are well developed and could be useful for community health, and creating a roadmap for cross-domain measure selection and adaptation.

    The workshops have already sparked discussions within NCCOR and member organizations for initiatives related to childhood obesity. For example, NCCOR has updated its Measures Registry and Catalogue of Surveillance Systems with measures for Birth-24 months and relevant surveillance data sets focused on the social determinants of health. NCCOR also developed a new decision tree to provide guidance to address measure adaptation for high-risk populations; this resource is available on NCCOR’s website: www.nccor.org/decision-tree.  Next steps should include additional efforts to advance the quality of measurement for surveillance, epidemiology, and intervention research.

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    The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity in America.

    Contact: nccor@fhi360.org

  • Improve your program’s effectiveness and sustainability with NCCOR’s newest resource, A Toolkit for Evaluating Childhood Healthy Weight Programs. This comprehensive online tool draws from experts in the fields of research, public health, and pediatric medicine to explain the stages of effective evaluation for childhood healthy weight programs.  

    NCCOR developed the toolkit to help researchers, practitioners, and community programs gain confidence in conducting program evaluations. It reviews key concepts and provides detailed guidance on the following core components of effective evaluations: 

    • Evaluation readiness 
    • Process measures 
    • Outcome measures 
    • Contextual factors 
    • Program sustainability 
    • Remote evaluation 

    In addition, the toolkit’s website features a resource library, with links to guides, databases, research articles, and other public health toolkits. Users will have access to ready-made resources when they are ready to start an evaluation. 

    Childhood obesity affects nearly 20 percent of children in the United States. Recent evidence suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this trend. In addition, many programs have moved to virtual formats in response to pandemic-related closures. NCCOR’s A Toolkit for Evaluating Childhood Healthy Weight Programs contains resources and ideas tailored for the evaluation of remote and online programs.  

    For more information about the toolkit, please visit the NCCOR website at www.nccor.org.  

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    The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to address the problem of childhood obesity in America.  

    Contact: nccor@fhi360.org   

  • NCCOR is featuring our best academic resources. Whether you are a graduate student, professor, or K-12 teacher, NCCOR can support your work this upcoming school year.

    Elementary, middle, and high school teachers, visit the NCCOR website when you need to:

    • Plan a class or program to encourage physical activity. Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Have confidence that your programs are meeting this recommendation with NCCOR’s Youth Compendium of Physical Activities. This resource lists 196 common youth activities and the estimated energy cost associated with each. We also offer sample class plans and specific guidance for classroom and physical education teachers.
       
    • Teach the components of a healthy diet and food system. NCCOR offers infographics based on the Healthy Eating Index. The first shows the elements of a healthy diet and is appropriate for all age groups. Older students can deepen their analytical skills by learning about the importance of a healthy food supply.

    Graduate students in public health, nutrition, or kinesiology, NCCOR has the tools and resources you need to:

    • Learn the foundations. If you are a new student or just want a refresher, NCCOR’s Student Resources Guide is essential reading. It provides case studies and step-by-step guidance on how to use NCCOR’s tools and will point you to additional training materials.
    • Design a research project. When it comes time to complete your thesis, capstone project, or any large assignment, NCCOR can help you select the most appropriate measures and datasets. Use the Measures Registry, the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems, and the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses, develop childhood obesity interventions, analyze secondary data sets, and much more.
    • Stay current in the field of childhood obesity prevention. Sign up for the quarterly Student Hub e-newsletter. Each issue connects you to childhood obesity events and free resources to support continued learning.  Be sure to select “Student” when you sign up!

    College and university professors, NCCOR can help you:

    • Find new and engaging lecture content. NCCOR’s archive of Connect & Explore webinars features accomplished researchers and practitioners presenting their work. These hour-long sessions are perfect for asynchronous lecture content or to provide variety to your syllabus.
    • Teach research methods. NCCOR provides a suite of free tools to help faculty demonstrate our signature tool, the Measures Registry. We offer free User Guidescase studies, and PowerPoint slides for classroom use. Learn more with our factsheet for professors.
    • Stay connected. In addition to our monthly e-newsletter, NCCOR offers a quarterly publication for college and university professors. Sign up on our website and be sure to select “Professor.”

    If you have used NCCOR resources in your classroom or research project, please let us know! You could be featured in our next case study to help others learn from your success.

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    The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to address the problem of childhood obesity in America.

    Contact:
    nccor@fhi360.org

  • The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is partnering with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and RTI International to host a Connect & Explore webinar. The webinar will review the impact that the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) has made since its inception in 2006. CFBAI is a voluntary industry initiative in which companies commit to featuring only foods meeting specific nutrition criteria in advertising directed primarily to children under age 12. Recent changes in the initiative strengthened the nutrition standards and definition of child-directed advertising.  

    This Connect & Explore webinar is based on the recently released report from RTI International, Assessing the Public Health Impacts of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising InitiativeIn addition, researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity will discuss findings from a 2017 report on the effectiveness of industry self-regulation in promoting healthier choices in child-directed advertising. 

    Join us on November 10, 3-4 p.m. ET to hear from lead researchers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and RTI International: 

    • Jennifer Harris, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity  
    • Frances Fleming, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity      
    • Mary Muth, RTI International 

    For more information about NCCOR Connect & Explore webinars and to sign up for the November 10 webinar, please visit the NCCOR website at www.nccor.org.  The event is free, but attendance is limited, so register today!

    Please tell a colleague and share this information on your social networks using the hashtag #ConnectExplore. We will live-tweet the events, so be sure to follow the conversation at @NCCOR. For those who cannot attend, the webinar will be recorded and archived on www.nccor.org.    

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    The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to address the problem of childhood obesity in America.   

    Contact: nccor@fhi360.org   

  • Are you a recent graduate with a passion for children's health and chronic disease prevention? NCCOR is seeking a Program Assistant to join our team.

    The Program Assistant will perform and provide administrative, programmatic, and logistical support across several projects, which may include NCCOR, a diabetes prevention project, and other health communication projects, as assigned. Click here to read the full job announcement.


 Msg #4368: Products

  • Evaluation Toolkit for Healthy Weight Programs
    http://nccor.org/chwptoolkit
    Improve your program’s effectiveness and sustainability with NCCOR’s newest resource "A Toolkit for Evaluating Childhood Healthy Weight Programs." It reviews key concepts, provides guidance, and includes a resource library....

  • http://nccor.org/chwptoolkit 

    Improve your program’s effectiveness and sustainability with NCCOR’s newest resource, A Toolkit for Evaluating Childhood Healthy Weight Programs. This comprehensive online tool draws from experts in the fields of research, public health, and pediatric medicine to explain the stages of effective evaluation for childhood healthy weight programs.  

    NCCOR developed the toolkit to help researchers, practitioners, and community programs gain confidence in conducting program evaluations. It reviews key concepts and provides detailed guidance on the following core components of effective evaluations: 

    • Evaluation readiness 
    • Process measures 
    • Outcome measures 
    • Contextual factors 
    • Program sustainability 
    • Remote evaluation 

    In addition, the toolkit’s website features a resource library, with links to guides, databases, research articles, and other public health toolkits. Users will have access to ready-made resources when they are ready to start an evaluation. 

  • Measures Registry Resource Suite
    NCCOR's signature tool! The Measures Registry Resource Suite offers research tools to help researchers, practitioners, and students improve their work by using resources supported by the CDC, NIH, RWJF, and USDA....

  • Free, trusted, and time-saving! The Measures Registry Resource Suite offers tools and resources that span the four domains of childhood obesity research:

    • Individual diet
    • Food environment
    • Individual physical activity
    • Physical activity environment

       

    The Resource Suite includes the following free and trusted tools:

    • Measures Registry— The Measures Registry provides users with a searchable database of more than 1,600 articles with more than 200 discrete measures to answer their research questions.
       
    • Measures Registry Learning Modules— Ideal for users newer to research and evaluation, or those who need a refresher on key research concepts. The Learning Modules walk you through measurement selection on your own time through 5 to 15-minute modules in the four major domains.
       
    • Measures Registry User Guide— NCCOR’s Measures Registry User Guides are a great resource for those seeking detailed instructions on how to find the best measure for their work. Each User Guide section features a case study that walks you through the process of finding the right measure for your research question, provides an overview of measurement, and describes general principles of measure selection for each of the four domains.

    • Measures for Children at High Risk for Obesity Decision Tree— Walks researchers and practitioners through a series of questions regarding whether to develop, adapt, or apply an instrument for obesity measures in high-risk populations. The decision tree also provides five real-world case scenarios that describe the rationale for choosing one of the three measurement approaches.


    How to use the Resource Suite

    • Start with an overview of the domains by watching the Measures Registry Learning Modules
    • Select the domain(s) and review the corresponding Measures Registry User Guides
    • Use the Measures Registry, select the appropriate measure to address your research or evaluation question
    • Determine whether adaptation is needed for your population using the Measures for Children at High Risk for Obesity Decision Tree
  • Catalogue of Surveillance Systems
    This interactive web tool provides one-stop access to a wide array of national, state, and local surveillance systems at multiple levels....

  • The Catalogue of Surveillance Systems provides one-stop access to over 100 publicly available datasets relevant to childhood obesity research.

    Datasets profiled in the Catalogue include information on obesity-related:

    • Health behaviors, outcomes, and determinants
    • Policies and environmental factors

    Surveillance systems included in the Catalogue were identified by reviewing existing reports and soliciting expert input. The systems were chosen because they provide access to publicly available raw data gathered in the United States and were released in the past 10 years.

  • A Guide to Methods for Assessing Childhood Obesity
    This guide assists users on how to select the most appropriate method of measuring adiposity in children when conducting population-level research and/or evaluation on obesity....

  • Whether you are a researcher, a public health practitioner, clinician, or any professional or student with an interest in researching or evaluating weight-related outcomes, A Guide to Methods for Assessing Childhood Obesity will help you understand the most common adiposity assessment methods and which one is most appropriate for your particular objective. This User Guide is designed to assist users in selecting the most appropriate method of measuring adiposity in children when conducting population-level research and/or evaluation on obesity.
  • Youth Compendium of Physical Activities
    The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese....

  • The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. It can be used by a wide variety of people—including researchers, health care professionals, teachers and coaches, and fitness professionals—and in a variety of ways—including research, public health policymaking, education, and interventions to encourage physical activity in youth.

    The Youth Compendium provides energy cost values for:

    • Sedentary activities, such as lying down or watching TV
    • Standing, doing household chores, and playing active video games
    • Playing and participating in games and sports activities
    • Walking and running

    Classroom teachers, physical education teachers, and public health professionals will also find factsheets describing how to use the Youth Compendium when planning or evaluating programs. 

  • NCCOR Student Hub
    The NCCOR Student Hub is a specialized web resource and quarterly newsletter for students studying diet and physical activity.

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  • Attention graduate students in public health, nutrition, and kinesiology! NCCOR offers free resources designed to help you succeed with coursework and research. Start with NCCOR’s Student Resources Guide. It provides case studies and step-by-step guidance on how to use NCCOR’s tools and will point you to additional training materials. Then sign up for NCCOR's quarterly Student Hub e-newsletter to learn the latest in childhood obesity research and training opportunities. 

    Are you a student who has used NCCOR's resources in your coursework? Tell us how and you could be featured in an upcoming case study! 

  • NCCOR e-Newsleter
    Each month NCCOR publishes the latest in childhood obesity research, funding opportunities, publications and tools, and NCCOR news and events....

  • Each month, the NCCOR e-newsletter takes you behind the scenes for a look at how we focus on efforts to benefit children, teens, and their families. Sign up to get the latest issue delivered to your inbox! 
  • Connect & Explore Webinars
    Learn directly from experts in the fields of childhood obesity research, public health, education, and medicine during NCCOR's Connect & Explore webinar series....

  • NCCOR connects the field to emerging issues and findings through the Connect & Explore webinar series. Nationally acclaimed experts are featured on each webinar to discuss current issues in childhood obesity research. The interactive series attracts participants from across the country, offering an opportunity to engage in dialogue with leading experts in the field and giving them an opportunity to ask questions and understand the nuances of research, policy, and evaluation. All webinars are recorded and available as electronic resources on NCCOR’s website.

    Join us for our next webinar!

    Assessing the Public Health Impacts of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative
    November 10, 2021
    3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

    Speakers from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and RTI International will review the impact the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) has made since its inception in 2006. CFBAI is a voluntary industry initiative in which companies commit to featuring only foods meeting specific nutrition criteria in advertising directed primarily to children under age 12. Recent changes in the initiative strengthened the nutrition standards and definition of child-directed advertising. Like all NCCOR webinars, the event is free but you must pre-register to receive access. 

  • NCCOR Research Library
    NCCOR and its partners have published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles. View the latest publications on our website....

  • Get a jump start on our next research project, grant proposal, or classroom assignment. Updated with each new publication, NCCOR's research library offers the latest peer-reviewed childhood obesity research in one easy-to-access location. The following list includes all scientific publications produced by NCCOR projects during the last two years. For the full list of projects and research publications, please visit the NCCOR website


    Advancing Measurement for Childhood Obesity Workshop Series


    Youth Active Travel to School (ATS) Surveillance Initiative

    • Wolfe, MK, McDonald, NC, Ussery, EN, George, SM, & Watson, KB. Systematic Review of Active Travel to School Surveillance in the United States and Canada. Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living, 2021;1(3), 127–141. https://doi.org/10.51250/jheal.v1i3.24


    Economic Impact of Built Environment Improvements

    • Cradock AL, Buchner D, Zaganjor H, et al. Priorities and Indicators for Economic Evaluation of Built Environment Interventions to Promote Physical Activity. J Phys Act Health. Available at https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2021-0191


    Advancing Measurement for Childhood Obesity

    • Foti, KF, Perez, CL, Knapp, EA, et al. Identification of Measurement Needs to Prevent Childhood Obesity in High-Risk Populations and Environments. Am J Prev Med. 2020 Available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.05.012  


    Childhood Obesity Evidence Base: Test of a Novel Taxonomic Meta-Analytic Method

    • Hedges L, Saul J, Cyr C, et al. Childhood Obesity Evidence Base Project: A Rationale for Taxonomic vs Conventional Meta-analysis. Childhood Obesity. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2020.0137
    • King H, Magnus M, Hedges, LV, et al. Childhood Obesity Evidence Base Project: Methods for taxonomy development for application in taxonomic meta-analysis. Childhood Obesity. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2020.0138
    • Scott-Sheldon LAJ, Hedges LV, Cyr C, et al. Childhood Obesity Evidence Base Project: A systematic review and meta-analysis of a taxonomy of intervention components to prevent obesity in children 2 to 5 years of age, 2005 to 2019. Childhood Obesity. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2020.0139
    • Young-Hyman D, Kettel Khan L. Childhood Obesity Evidence Base Project: Building translational capacity through meta-analytic methods. Childhood Obesity. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2020.0140


    Increasing Opportunities for Trail Use to Promote Physical Activity and Health Among Underserved Youth

    • Reed JA, Ballard RM, Hill M, Berrigan D. Identification of Effective Programs to Improve Access to and Use of Trails among Youth from Under-Resourced Communities: A Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217707

  • NCCOR Events Calendar and Funding Opportunities
    NCCOR helps you stay up to date on the latest in childhood obesity-related research events and funding opportunities....

  • NCCOR's events calendar and funding opportunities will help keep you up-to-date

    Do you have an event or funding opportunity that you would like to promote? Contact NCCOR with the details!


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