On March 13, 2024, NCCOR presented “Sleep’s Role in Child Health: Expanding NCCOR’s Catalogue of Surveillance Systems.” This 1-hour webinar featured experts from the National Institutes of Health who led the effort to add sleep variables to the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems (CSS)

Launched over a decade ago, the CSS is an indispensable resource for childhood obesity research, providing centralized access to over 100 datasets relevant to dietary and physical activity assessments. Now, NCCOR is again accelerating progress in childhood obesity research by incorporating new sleep variables into 36 datasets. 

Research suggests that behaviors that occur over the 24-hour cycle, including sleep, diet, and physical activity, are important determinants of childhood obesity. By integrating new sleep variables into the CSS, NCCOR is filling a critical gap and enabling researchers, health care providers, and public health practitioners to efficiently explore the intricate relationship between sleep and childhood obesity. This expansion streamlines research efforts and public health strategies to address child development. 

Our speakers discussed the intersection between sleep and childhood obesity and explain how the addition of sleep variables to the CSS can advance childhood obesity research. This webinar featured:  

  • Marissa Shams-White, PhD, MSTOM, MS, MPH, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health 
  • Alfonso Alfini, PhD, MS, National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health  


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