Head Back to School with NCCOR during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

This September, NCCOR will recognize National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (NCOAM) by featuring our best academic resources. Whether you are a graduate student, professor, or K-12 teacher, NCCOR can support your work this upcoming school year.

Elementary, middle, and high school teachers, visit the NCCOR website when you need to:

  • Plan a class or program to encourage physical activity. Children need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day. Have confidence that your programs are meeting this recommendation with NCCOR’s Youth Compendium of Physical Activities. This resource lists 196 common youth activities and the estimated energy cost associated with each. We also offer sample class plans and specific guidance for classroom and physical education teachers.
  • Teach the components of a healthy diet and food system. NCCOR offers infographics based on the Healthy Eating Index. The first shows the elements of a healthy diet and is appropriate for all age groups. Older students can deepen their analytical skills by learning about the importance of a healthy food supply.

Graduate students in public health, nutrition, or kinesiology, NCCOR has the tools and resources you need to:

  • Learn the foundations. If you are a new student or just want a refresher, NCCOR’s Student Resources Guide is essential reading. It provides case studies and step-by-step guidance on how to use NCCOR’s tools and will point you to additional training materials.
  • Design a research project. When it comes time to complete your thesis, capstone project, or any large assignment, NCCOR can help you select the most appropriate measures and datasets. Use the Measures Registry, the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems, and the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses, develop childhood obesity interventions, analyze secondary data sets, and much more.
  • Stay current in the field of childhood obesity prevention. Sign up for the quarterly Student Hub e-newsletter. Each issue connects you to childhood obesity events and free resources to support continued learning.  Be sure to select “Student” when you sign up!

College and university professors, NCCOR can help you:

  • Find new and engaging lecture content. NCCOR’s archive of Connect & Explore webinars features accomplished researchers and practitioners presenting their work. These hour-long sessions are perfect for asynchronous lecture content or to provide variety to your syllabus.
  • Teach research methods. NCCOR provides a suite of free tools to help faculty demonstrate our signature tool, the Measures Registry. We offer free User Guidescase studies, and PowerPoint slides for classroom use. Learn more with our factsheet for professors.
  • Stay connected. In addition to our monthly e-newsletter, NCCOR offers a quarterly publication for college and university professors. Sign up on our website and be sure to select “Professor.”

If you have used NCCOR resources in your classroom or research project, please let us know! You could be featured in our next case study to help others learn from your success.


The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to address the problem of childhood obesity in America.


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