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NCCOR Year in Review: 2018

December 27, 2018

It’s been a busy year for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research! This year, NCCOR updated some of our one-of-a-kind tools, accelerated outreach efforts to disseminate information, and strengthened alliances and partnerships to promote childhood obesity research. Here are some of our accomplishments and moments from the year.

  • NCCOR’s tools and resources help researchers and practitioners conduct research and evaluation activities. This year, we expanded outreach to new audiences who may benefit from our tools including creating new materials geared towards students, and physical education teachers.
  • We added 188 new measures to the Measures Registry & User Guides, for a total of more than 1300 articles on diverse tools and methodologies that can be used to assess diet and physical activity at the individual and environmental levels.
  • NCCOR updated more than 70 systems in the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and added five new systems including NCI’s Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health and eating (FLASHE) study and USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAps).
  • This year, NCCOR created additional fact sheets and case examples for the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities, for physical education teachers and public health practitioners to help them determine how best to use this resource for their goals.
  • Last year, NCCOR released a paper that provided an overview of behavioral design and potential applications to promote better health among children. This year, this white paper was turned into a chapter called “Behavioral Design as an Emerging Theory for Dietary Behavior change” for Food and Public Health, a book published by Oxford University Press.
  • NCCOR held six Connect & Explore webinars in 2018. Topics included:
    • Preventing Childhood Obesity in Latin America: An Agenda for Regional Research and Strategic Partnerships
      Experts: Juan Rivera, PhD; Camila Corvalan, MD, PhD, MPH; Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD; Michael Pratt, MD, MSPE, MPH
    • Collaborating for Impact: Lessons Learned from NCCOR
      Experts: C. Tracy Orleans; PhD; Laura Kettel Khan, PhD; Rachel Ballard, MD, MPH; Jay Variyam, PhD, Jasmine Hall Ratliff, MHA
    • Examining Declines in Childhood Obesity in Four Communities: Highlights from Six Papers Published in Childhood Obesity
      Experts: Tina Kauh, PhD; Nicola Dawkins-Lyn, PhD, MPH, Laura Kettel Khan, PhD; Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD
    • The Healthy Communities Study: How Community Programs and Policies are Related to Children’s Health
      Experts: Sonia Arteaga, PhD; Stephen Fawcett, PhD, MA; Russell Pate PhD; Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, RD
    • Innovations in Behavioral Design to Enhance Active Living and Healthy Eating
      Experts: Jeri Brittin, PhD; Joel Kimmons, PhD, Kim Rollings, PhD
    • America’s Eating Habits: Food Away From Home
      Expert: Michelle Saksena, PhD
  • NCCOR also attended several annual conferences relating to physical activity and childhood obesity this year. This allows NCCOR to engage with the field and highlight new tools through presentations and at NCCOR conference exhibit booths. These conferences included: Active Living Research Annual Conference, SHAPE America, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, and the American Public Health Association Meeting.

Learn more about our accomplishments from the last decade on our website!

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