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.
The scope and urgency of this epidemic is a tremendous challenge. Childhood obesity requires concerted efforts to encourage healthy eating and increase physical activity in order to improve children's daily energy balance.
NCCOR focuses on efforts that have the potential to benefit children, teens, and their families, and the communities in which they live. A special emphasis is put on the populations and communities in which obesity rates are highest and rising the fastest:
- Native Americans
- Asian/Pacific Islanders
- Children living in low-income communities