The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) launched a decade ago with a clear vision: to bring together the nation’s leading health research funders to address the problem of childhood obesity in America. This year, during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, NCCOR is celebrating 10 years of working together to advance the field.
By building on the strengths and perspectives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this unique public-private partnership has demonstrated that a greater impact can be had by working together. Over the years, NCCOR has created a variety of unique tools and resources that have helped researchers, practitioners, students and faculty in the field. Keep reading to learn more about what NCCOR has to offer!
By far, the Measures Registry is one of NCCOR’s most used tools. The Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. Its purpose is to standardize use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity research at the individual, community, and population levels. The four User Guides were designed to complement the Measures Registry and provide an overview of measurement, describe general principles of measure selection, and share additional resources.
Building on this extensive resource, NCCOR will introduce new Measures Registry Learning Modules in September, to kick off National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. This exciting new tool consists of 17 video modules that provide an overview of the key concepts in each of the Measures Registry’s four domains. Follow @NCCOR on social media to learn more about the unveiling of this new tool!
In the past decade, NCCOR has also created the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems (CSS), which provides one-stop access to more than 100 publicly available datasets relevant to childhood obesity research. This tool is accessed by researchers across the globe, with more than 86,500 visits from around the world.
In addition to the Measures Registry and CSS, the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. It can be used by a wide variety of people—including researchers, health care professionals, teachers and coaches, and fitness professionals, and in a variety of ways—including research, public health policy making, education, and interventions, to encourage physical activity in youth. If you’re a physical education teacher or public health practitioner, NCCOR has created fact sheets specifically designed to walk you through how to make the most of the Compendium for your purposes.
Though childhood obesity continues to be an epidemic in the U.S. and around the world, this month NCCOR is proud to celebrate all of the tools, research and resources that have been developed and continue to be develop in the field of childhood obesity research. To learn more about NCCOR’s work in the past 10 years, visit nccor.org/accomplishments.