Influence of school architecture and design on healthy eating: Key findings from systematic review

With up to 50 percent of students’ daily energy intake occurring in the school building, schools are often the focus of targeted efforts to combat childhood obesity. Recent evidence has shown that although school-based nutrition education programs may contribute to healthier eating habits, these programs are not consistently effective on their own.

In response, an exciting area of research is emerging with a focus on the physical design of school building features, such as cafeterias, teaching gardens, or access to drinking water, and the impact it can have on healthy eating behaviors and attitudes. As this body of research expands, however, little work has been done to quantify, categorize, and analyze it.

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Here are 3 reasons why researchers should use social media

Nearly 70 percent of obesity researchers reported using social media for professional purposes in 2014 compared to 42 percent in 2012, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). The most common types of social media included LinkedIn (61 percent), Research Gate (51 percent), Facebook (28 percent), and Twitter (24 percent). Groups like the London School of Economics Public Policy Group encourage researchers to weave social media into dissemination efforts of their findings.

These are some of the reasons why researchers are using social media.

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Elevating the impact of nutrition and obesity policy research and evaluation

Public policy can play a major role in impacting childhood obesity, yet little is known about the role of nutrition and obesity policy research in informing public policy decisions.

A supplement published in the April issue of Preventing Chronic Disease includes an essay and three articles examining the role of nutrition and obesity policy research and evaluation. The supplement was organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).

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USDA center releases behavioral economics grant and fellowship opportunities

Up to five grants of $50,000 and six fellowships with $15,000 in seed grant funding were announced by Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center).

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Just announced: Dietary Guidelines for Americans Summit on May 21

Register now to join The Ohio State University Food Innovation Center, The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and National Geographic as they host the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Summit on May 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Eastern, at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC. The Summit is free of charge and will convene nationally recognized experts to consider the role of the Dietary Guidelines in delivering relevant, practical, and actionable nutrition guidance for diverse consumers across the nation. The program features:

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Brief: How USDA’s research is making strides in healthy eating

Periodically, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will share examples of how members’ research is being applied for a variety of impacts. Today, our focus is on several U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiatives at the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Here are three brief examples.

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Register now for NIH mHealth Training Institute at Society of Behavioral Medicine conference

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host an mHealth Training Institute at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions on April 22, 2015. The institute is designed to provide behavioral and social scientists with tools to successfully add mobile health (mHealth) technologies to their research. The event will offer a collaborative team environment with mentorship from leaders in the fields of engineering, medicine, and the behavioral and social sciences. Mentored by expert faculty, the institute will include presentations followed by hands-on experience developing an mHealth research project. Attendees will learn about the central multi-disciplinary aspects of mobile and wireless research; project development and implementation from conception to analysis; and cross-cutting research issues.

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NCCOR Connect & Explore Webinar on FoodAPS — You asked, USDA answered

On March 31, NCCOR’s Connect & Explore Webinar Series revealed insights from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) and discussed new research opportunities made possible by the first-of-its-kind survey.

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NCCOR hosts May 19 seminar to explore ‘Bridging the Food Industry-Public Health Divide’

Please join us on Tuesday, May 19 at 12:30 pm for the seminar “Tackling the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Conundrum: New Ways to Bridge the Food Industry-Public Health Divide.”

This seminar is the second in a five-part series on “Bridging the Food Industry-Public Health Divide: A Guide to More Effective Engagement and Policies.” Hank Cardello, Senior Fellow and Director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative at the Hudson Institute will host the seminar which will explore public health and industry perspectives around the facilitators, barriers, and strategies associated with tackling sugar-sweetened beverages.

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NCCOR’s 2014 Annual Report highlights new frontiers in childhood obesity

In 2014, NCCOR made strides in exploring new frontiers in childhood obesity. NCCOR’s recently released Annual Report 2014 explores three emerging and important childhood obesity research topics at the center of these efforts: healthy food incentives; lessons learned from global efforts; and childhood obesity declines.

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