NCCOR members lead continuing education session on PE and nutrition in schools at APHA conference

On Sat., Oct. 27, NCCOR members Sarah Lee and Allison Nihiser from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are co-leading a pre-conference Learning Institute at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual conference with colleagues from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), including NCCOR’s April Oh. The session, titled, “Applying Science-Based Guidelines and Policy Data to Change the Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment in Schools,” discusses evidence-based guidelines for school-based nutrition and physical activity and resources available to help schools achieve an environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity.

The purpose of this Learning Institute is to train participants on the use of CDC’s School Health Guidelines for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and the National Cancer Institute’s Classification of Laws Associated with School Students (C.L.A.S.S.) system for policy, system, and environmental approaches to prevent and control obesity in schools.

CDC will present School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. These science-based guidelines provide recommendations for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based policies and practices. This segment of the Institute will provide participants with an overview of the Guidelines, activities to enable participants to apply the Guidelines, and tools, and resources to assist with implementation.

NCI will present the C.L.A.S.S. project, ( C.L.A.S.S. is based on public health research and national standards for PE and nutrition. C.L.A.S.S. includes scores for assessing concordance of state law with recommended standards, changes in state laws over time, and links with other data sources. This section will present a demonstration on interactive web-based tools, examples of how C.L.A.S.S. has been used to analyze key policy changes, an evaluation of how state law relates to school practices, and how C.L.A.S.S. may be used by decision makers, researchers, and others to coordinate efforts, and evaluate PE and nutrition laws.

By completing this session, participants earn six continuing education contact hours. The session is open to all registered attendees of the APHA conference. Interested attendees can register for the session onsite. The cost is $275 dollars. For more information, please visit

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