NIH presentation about community-academic partnerships to address obesity among middle school students

March 18, 2014

On Thursday, March 20, Dr. Laura Bogart will be discussing the development and results of Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX), a five-week middle school-based obesity prevention intervention that combines school-wide food environmental changes, multimedia, encouragement to eat healthy school cafeteria foods, and peer-led education. She will describe the formation and maintenance of the partnership […]

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Focus on developmental approach to obesity in children and adolescents

November 22, 2013

New studies of factors affecting the risk of obesity in children and adolescents—as well as promising approaches to prevention and treatment—are assembled in the special October Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (JDBP), the official journal of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP). The special issue emphasizes a developmental viewpoint on the crucial problem […]

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The long-term returns of obesity prevention policies

October 15, 2013

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the costs of proposed federal legislation over a 10-year timeframe. For policies and programs that have a long-term impact, the 10-year timeframe can account for many of the costs, but miss out on the savings. This report from the Campaign to End Obesity concludes that widening that window to […]

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Cancer Research Training Award fellowship opportunity at the National Cancer Institute

February 13, 2013

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services, is inviting applications from qualified candidates for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) with an emphasis on health behaviors research. The CRTA appointment is a one- or two-year position with the […]

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Study: Communities must be ready for obesity advocacy to be successful

February 11, 2013

By Kim Krisberg Youth advocates can play a role in addressing childhood obesity, but communities must first be ready to embrace the issue, a recent study finds. Using a community readiness assessment tool developed by Colorado State University, researchers gauged the potential for youth advocacy to shift norms in a south Omaha, Neb., Hispanic community. […]

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Call for papers on advancing obesity prevention

September 5, 2012

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health (NIMHD/NIH) recently announced a call for papers for a special theme issue on obesity prevention called “Advancing Obesity Prevention: Quality Improvements, Emerging Models, and Best Practices.” The issue will be published in the Journal […]

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How effective are anti-obesity campaigns?

July 11, 2012

July 9, 2012, Boston Globe By Kay Lazar Mary Regan has witnessed a transformation outside the front door of her Union Square office in Somerville — new “corrals” provide more parking spaces for bicyclists, angled parking has replaced parallel parking for cars to keep doors from flying open into bicycle lanes, and those lanes have […]

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