The Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. Its purpose is to standardize use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity research at the individual, community, and population levels.

Measures are tools and methodologies used to assess individuals’ diet, physical activity, and the environments in which these behaviors occur. Examples of measures include questionnaires, instruments, diaries, logs, electronic devices, direct observations of people or environments, protocols, GIS and analytic techniques.

Even with the Measures Registry, however, it can be challenging for users to choose the most appropriate measures for their work. Therefore, to aid users in choosing measures for their work in childhood obesity, NCCOR developed the Measures Registry User Guides. Organized by the same four domains as the Measures Registry, the User Guides are designed to provide an overview of measurement, describe general principles of measurement selection, present case studies that walk users through the process of using the Measures Registry to select appropriate measures, and direct researchers and practitioners to additional resources and sources of useful information.


Learn more, and see a demonstration of the tool.

Suggested Citations

Measures Registry. National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. [Accessed on: Month Day, Year].

McKinnon, RA, Reedy, J, Berrigan, D, et al. The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and Measures Registry: New tools to spur innovation and increase productivity in childhood obesity research. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Apr;42(4):433-5. Available at https://10.1016/j.amepre.2012.01.004

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