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 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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Society of Behavioral Medicine announces NIH mHealth Training Institute, presidential roundtable, and exhibit featuring NCCOR

From training on mobile health (mHealth) technology to a presidential roundtable on National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) activities, resources, and funding opportunities, the upcoming Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions in San Antonio will offer numerous opportunities to connect with NCCOR.

SBM kicks off with a preconference training on the use of mHealth technologies to prevent childhood obesity. Mentored by expert faculty, the “NIH mHealth Training Institute” will include presentations followed by hands-on experience developing an mHealth research project. Continue reading

Rethinking Obesity Prevention—The Second Lancet Series on Obesity

NCCOR’s Connect & Explore Webinar unpacks The Lancet special issue, discussing how public support for policy actions and new thinking can move the needle on obesity

Despite reported areas of decline, no country has reversed its obesity epidemic. Researchers increasingly believe that governments and stakeholders should act urgently to decrease the prevalence of obesity, including childhood obesity. Papers in the new Lancet series review the growing consensus on core policy actions, reasons for patchy progress, and opportunities to aid obesity prevention.

The Lancet Series examines the competing perspectives on the causes and solutions for obesity and why rethinking our approaches is critical to reversing the epidemic. From regulatory action to empowering the public, the authors highlight opportunities to break the cycle of demand for foods of poor nutritional quality and move the focus toward changing food environments. Continue reading

NCCOR hosts March 2 seminar to explore ‘Bridging the Food Industry-Public Health Divide’

Join the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and Hudson Institute for the first seminar in a quarterly series: “Articulating the Food Industry Context: Potential Frameworks for Profiting Health.” The first event, “Bridging the Food Industry-Public Health Divide: A Guide to More Effective Engagement and Policies,” will be led by Hank Cardello, Director of Hudson’s Obesity Solutions Initiative, and will be hosted by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). Cardello will be joined by panelists Wendy Johnson-Askew, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Nestle and Richard Black, Vice President, Global Nutrition, PepsiCo.

The seminar will be held March 2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at FHI 360, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, 8th Floor, Vista Room, Washington, DC. Continue reading

Meet NCCOR researchers at the American Public Health Association’s 142nd Annual Meeting & Exposition

Researchers from the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) will be traveling to New Orleans for the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 142nd Annual Meeting & Exposition, which takes place Nov. 15-19. More than 12,000 public health professionals from around the world participate in the annual meeting, sharing the latest research and information, promoting best practices, and advocating for public health issues. Continue reading

Help CDC spread the word about obesity during September’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Approximately 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity, and certain groups of children are more affected than others. Childhood obesity puts children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease—conditions usually associated with adulthood.

There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity.  It is influenced by many different factors, including a lack of access to healthy, affordable food and drinks as well as limited opportunities for physical activity in the places where children live, learn, and play.  Working together, states, communities, and parents can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and adolescents. Continue reading

Insights into Landmark Calorie Declines in the U.S. Food Marketplace

NCCOR’s Connect & Explore Webinar provides an in-depth look at the findings and groundbreaking methods from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation evaluation

In an unprecedented review of the U.S. food system, researchers have, for the first time, used big data to track the number of foods and beverages consumed and purchased by Americans. The assessment, conducted by University of North Carolina (UNC) researchers, was part of an evaluation of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation’s (HWCF) pledge to remove 1 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2012, and 1.5 trillion by 2015.

The independent evaluation was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and examined the number of calories in packaged goods and the amount of calories purchased by U.S. families with children. The two studies, published September 17 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 16 food industry leaders cut 6.4 trillion calories from the U.S. food market over five years (2007-2012). The findings also showed that American families with children bought 101 fewer calories from packaged goods per person per day in 2012 than they did in 2007. Continue reading

Chat with NCCOR about childhood obesity on Sept. 9

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Today, nearly one out of three kids in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in the African American and Hispanic communities. Overweight and obese kids are at risk for a host of chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.

In observance of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in September, join the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research for a Twitter Chat on Sept. 9, at 2 pm, ET.

We’ll be using the hashtag #childobesitychat.

Hosted by NCCOR (@NCCOR) alongside the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (@NICHD_NIH) and National Cancer Institute (@theNCI), we’ll discuss risk factors, research, and promising strategies. Most importantly, we’ll direct you to valuable resources.

In addition, NCCOR members Layla Esposito, Ph.D., and April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H., of NICHD and NCI, respectively, will serve as our subject matter experts and help guide the discussion.

“It’s a great opportunity to be a part of the social media conversation around childhood obesity,” said Dr. Oh.

“Working with NCCOR to engage with researchers, practitioners, and the broader public about childhood obesity using the interactive Twitter platform is a dynamic way to communicate health and disseminate information,” she added.

Please include #childobesitychat in your tweets and follow @NCCOR for more information. Also, register for our chat at http://twtvite.com/childobesitychat.

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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 improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research and accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity.