Designing the Healthy Communities Study

The Healthy Communities Study (HCS), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supported by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), aims to answer important research questions about how diet, physical activity, and body mass index (BMI) are related to aspects of community programs and policies.

The five-year observational study is assessing community efforts designed to address local childhood obesity rates in areas where those rates are the highest. The study employs a complex design that includes a diverse sample of communities across the country and combines current/cross-sectional and retrospective data over a two-year period.

Study authors, which include NCCOR members, will release a special supplement in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine to describe the study overview and different aspects of the study design.

Articles in the supplement include:

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