Resources from Members

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is a unique partnership designed to leverage each member’s strength and accelerate progress in the field. Below are resources provided by funders of the Collaborative and classified by NCCOR’s five goal areas.


Goal 1: Identify, design, and evaluate practical and sustainable interventions, especially in high-risk populations and communities.


Goal 2: Increase and improve national, state, and local surveillance of childhood obesity.

  • Bridging the Gap
    The goal of Bridging the Gap, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, is to improve the understanding of how policies and environmental factors affect diet, physical activity, and obesity among youth, as well as youth tobacco use. The website offers a range of research materials and products that examine the environmental impact on nutrition and physical activity. These resources include research briefs, reports, presentations, datasets, and survey tools.
  • Data Hub
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Data Hub tracks state-level data and allows users to customize and visualize facts and figures on key health and health care topics. It aims to provide timely, accessible information and evidence to inform policies and practices that help Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need. It establishes a system of priority measures for monitoring state-level progress toward improving the nation’s health and health care.
  • Dietary Data Briefs
    Products of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, these short reports summarize key results from What We Eat in America, NHANES. Dietary Data Briefs include dietary intakes of choline, sodium intake of the U.S. population, drinking water intake in the U.S., and beverage choices of U.S. adults.
  • Food Access Research Atlas
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Access Research Atlas is an online mapping tool that uses 2010 Census data to identify food desserts using these three measures: ½-mile and 1-mile demarcations to the nearest supermarket for urban areas; 10-mile and 20-mile demarcations to the nearest supermarket for rural areas, as well as estimated vehicle availability. Users of the Atlas can view census tracts by food access indicators using these different measures to see how the map changes as the distance demarcation or inclusion of vehicle access changes.
  • Health Indicator Sortable Stats
    Sortable Stats is an interactive data set comprised of behavioral risk factors and health indicators. This data set compiles state level data for the 50 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. territories from various published Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal sources into a format that allows users to view, sort, and analyze data at state, regional, and national levels. This tool is intended to serve as a resource in the promotion of policy, system, and environmental changes.
  • Measurement of the Food & Physical Activity Environments: Enhancing Research Relevant to Policy on Diet, Activity & Weight 
    Researchers use a variety of methods to measure food and physical activity environments, including survey instruments (self-reported and observed) and methodologies such as geographic information systems. To further stimulate progress in this research area, this supplement highlights the need for better reporting of validity and reliability of measures; tailoring or validation of measures for communities at high risk for obesity; and refinement of conceptual models.
  • U.S. Food Environment Atlas
    Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food choices and diet quality. Research is beginning to document the complexity of these interactions, but more is needed to identify causal relationships and effective policy interventions. The objectives of the Atlas are to assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality, and to provide a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
    This system includes national, state, territorial, and local school-based surveys of representative samples of high school students conducted every two years. The national survey provides data representative of ninth through 12th grade students in public and private schools in the United States. The state, territorial, and local surveys provide data representative of students in public high schools in each jurisdiction.
  • 500 Cities Project Data and Map Books
    The 500 Cities Project is a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project is a first-of-its-kind data analysis of 27 chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within.  The project bolsters the availability of health data for small areas within cities, and will aid in the development and implementation of effective and targeted public health prevention efforts.


Research and Evaluation

Goal 3: Improve the ability of childhood obesity researchers and program evaluators to conduct research and program evaluation.

  • Dietary Assessment Primer
    This resource from the National Cancer Institute is designed to help researchers select the best dietary assessment approach to address different research questions. The tool describes the major types of instruments that rely on individuals reporting their own diets and compares key features of the main self-report dietary assessment instruments. This web-based resource also explains and provides guidance regarding validity, measurement error, and calibration in the context of dietary assessment.
  • Obesity Research
    This resource presents information about research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to facilitate progress toward obesity prevention and treatment. NIH seeks to identify genetic, behavioral, and environmental causes of obesity; to understand how obesity leads to type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other serious health problems; and to build on basic and clinical research findings to develop and study innovative prevention and treatment strategies.
  • Salud America!
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children is a national program that aims to unite and increase the number of Latino scientists seeking environmental and policy solutions to address Latino childhood obesity.


Goal 4: Provide national leadership to accelerate implementation of evidence-informed practice and policy.

  • Active Living Research
    This national program contributes to the prevention of childhood obesity by supporting research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity, especially among children and families in minority/low-income communities. Research findings are used to promote active living – the integration of physical activity into one’s daily routine – by informing policy, influencing environmental design, and more. Active Living Research is administered by the San Diego State University Research Foundation.
  • Active Living Research Literature Database
    This resource from Active Living Research includes more than 580 papers that study the relationship of environment and policy with physical activity and obesity.
  • The Convergence Partnership 
    This collaboration of organizations has the goal of changing policies and environments to better achieve the vision of healthy people living in healthy places. Through its outreach, investments, and activities, the Partnership aims to strengthen and accelerate multi-field, equity-focused efforts among practitioners, policy makers, funders, and advocates and create environments that support healthy eating and active living.
  • Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity
    Healthy Eating Research supports research that identifies and assesses environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among U.S. children, especially among low-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity.
  • Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN)
    The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers Program. The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) created NOPREN to foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies to prevent childhood obesity through improved access to affordable, healthier foods and beverages in child care, schools, worksite, and other community settings
  • Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
    Established in 2014 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions brings together diverse sectors and voices to solve the obesity crisis. Through meetings, public workshops, publications, and innovation collaboratives, the Roundtable fosters an ongoing dialogue on critical and emerging issues in obesity prevention, treatment, and weight maintenance. The Roundtable explores the science, evidence, evaluation, and innovation efforts that advance progress in reducing the impact of obesity, as well as applies effective equity strategies to address obesity-related disparities. Utilizing a policy, systems, and environmental change lens, the Roundtable explores and advances effective solutions.

Non-Health Partners

Goal 5: Work with non-health partners to integrate childhood obesity priorities with synergistic initiatives (e.g., environmental design and sustainability, food systems, food marketing, disabilities, or economics).

  • Health Places by Design 
    This program partners with communities and leaders across the country to advance community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure a culture of health and wellbeing. The program connects community leaders at the local, state and national level to learn from each other and enhance their capacity a changemakers.
  • We Can!™ (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition!)
    A collaboration among four National Institutes of Health institutes, this is a fast-growing, national movement of families and communities coming together to promote healthy weight in children ages 8-13 years. We Can! offers parents, as well as families, tips and activities to encourage improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. It offers community groups and health professionals resources to implement programs and activities for parents and youths.

Other Resources

  • Active Living Resource Center 
    This national program provides community members with technical assistance (e.g., traffic-taming tools/ideas, bike-lane design guides) for creating physically active communities, namely by making them more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
  • Body Weight Planner
    The Body Weight Planner, developed by the National Institutes of Health, is a tool to help users reach and maintain a goal weight within a specific time period by allowing users to make personalized calorie and physical activity plans. The Planner collects baseline information—such as weight, sex, age, height, and physical activity level—to calculate an individual’s “baseline diet,” or daily energy intake required to maintain one’s initial weight. Users then designate a time duration and set a “goal weight.” The Planner calculates the diet required to reach the goal weight within the specified time, as well as the permanent diet required to maintain it.
  • Media-Smart Youth Upgraded: Eat, Think, and Be Active! 
    This is an interactive, after-school education program designed to teach youth ages 11-13 years about media influence and how it can affect their health, particularly in terms of nutrition and physical activity. The program helps young people build the skills necessary to make healthy life decisions; it is a health-promotion rather than a weight-loss program.
  • Overweight and Obesity Policy Resources
    This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity offers several policy resources related to childhood obesity prevention. These include a review of laws and policies concerning child and adolescent health, and an early care and education policy review designed to help educate public health practitioners, child care providers, and decision-makers about the current conditions that exist in their state and inform future efforts to prevent obesity in this setting.
  • Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
    This information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues.
  • Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers (Weight-Control Information Network)
    This website and booklet is designed to help teenagers remember simple, small steps to maintain a healthy weight. The booklet offers basic facts about nutrition and physical activity and offers practical tools that teenagers can use in everyday life – from reading food labels and selecting how much and what foods to eat, to replacing television time with physical activities.