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New York City official is Obama’s pick for CDC

May 15, 2009

President Obama announced that he has chosen Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the New York City health commissioner, as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), administration officials said.

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Schools should increase exercise and track weight data, study recommends

April 9, 2009

By Annie Gowen Local schools need to do more to get students moving and track their weight data, according to a recent regional survey on childhood obesity. Researchers for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments surveyed nine area school districts and found that although all met federal nutrition guidelines for meals, none met the recommended 150 […]

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Webinar series builds policy research skills

April 6, 2009

Session 2 of a four-part webinar series designed to disseminate approaches for evaluating obesity policies was held on April 3. It addressed the pitfalls associated with research in real world settings.

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Building a collaboration to address childhood obesity

The scope and urgency of the childhood obesity epidemic requires comprehensive efforts to increase both healthy eating and physical activity. The new National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together the expertise and resources of three of the country’s leading research funders, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health […]

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Measurement of the food and physical activity environments

April 1, 2009

April 2009 Given the high rates of obesity prevalence in the United States and around the world, research interest has grown regarding the effects of the community food and physical activity environments on individual diet and activity behavior. Robust measures of these environments are required in order to assess any effect. Measurement of food and […]

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There’s more to health than health care

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America – led by Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. and Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., two national health care and fiscal policy leaders – released 10 recommendations for dramatic improvements in the health of all Americans, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to good health.

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Leading research funders launch collaborative to accelerate nation’s progress in reducing childhood obesity

February 19, 2009

Ambitious agenda planned for first year; webinar series to begin this month WASHINGTON – A new National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) was launched today to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. youth. The initiative brings together the expertise and resources of the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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ALR research summaries and briefs available

February 1, 2009

The chief aim of Active Living Research (ALR) is to increase knowledge about active living by supporting research to identify environmental factors and policies that can increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity, particularly among children in low-income and racial or ethnic minority communities.

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