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NCCOR helped increase awareness at fall scientific conferences

Nov. 11, 2012, NCCOR

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) went on the road this fall. Its booth — providing a backdrop to discuss childhood obesity research and NCCOR goal areas, and displaying and offering materials about the Collaborative's activities — attended two professional conferences.

First, the NCCOR booth attended The Obesity Society's 30th Annual Scientific Meeting (TOS) in San Antonio, Texas, from Sept. 20-24. Then it went to the 140th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 27-31.

This was the first time NCCOR exhibited at these two conferences, having developed the booth earlier in 2012 and introduced it at the Weight of the Nation™ (WON) conference on May 7-9, in Washington, D.C.

The NCCOR Coordinating Center from FHI 360 staffed the booth and happily talked to conference attendees about work being done in NCCOR's five goal areas. They also assisted guests in signing up for the NCCOR e-Newsletter, locating funding opportunities on the NCCOR website, and watching videos about the Collaborative's tools on the NCCOR YouTube Channel. Attendees to TOS and APHA walked away with items like the NCCOR 2011 Annual Report or giveaways like NCCOR-branded jump ropes.

Since its inception and public launch in February 2009, NCCOR has worked to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research through enhanced coordination and collaboration. With tools such as the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and the Measures Registry to highlight and various project activities such as its support of The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity to discuss, this year was the right time to target several affiliated conferences and talk with attendees of various professional disciplines.

"We placed a focus in 2012 on building awareness of NCCOR among external audiences and doing outreach," said NCCOR Project Director Todd Phillips of FHI 360. "This was great exposure for the Collaborative."

Given the positive feedback NCCOR has received from attending WON, TOS, and APHA, NCCOR members and the Coordinating Center will research venues for booth outreach in 2013.

NCCOR is a collaboration between 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). For more information, check out www.nccor.org