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NCCOR's work on display at Weight of the Nation™

May 14, 2012, NCCOR

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) showcased its projects and products at this year’s Weight of the NationTM conference.

"The Weight of the Nation conference was a great opportunity to showcase NCCOR's contributions to childhood obesity research,” said NCCOR Director Todd Phillips of FHI 360, NCCOR’s Coordinating Center. “With the NCCOR reception, booth and panel presentation, NCCOR members were able to connect with researchers and practitioners and share NCCOR's work and successes with them."

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 to halt – and reverse – the current childhood obesity trend through enhanced coordination and collaboration.

NCCOR reception and booth

More than 100 people attended the NCCOR reception on the conference’s opening night. The event provided an excellent opportunity for conference attendees to network with NCCOR members and others interested in childhood obesity research.

The NCCOR booth also debuted at the conference, increasing the visibility and awareness of the Collaborative and its work. It allowed NCCOR members to share materials with attendees from all over the country. This included researchers and practitioners working in nutrition, physical activity, and obesity, as well as evaluators and state and local health department practitioners.

Panel activities

At a panel talk, RWJF distinguished fellow and NCCOR Steering Committee member C. Tracy Orleans discussed NCCOR efforts to improve the effectiveness of childhood obesity research focusing on the value of partnering and forming networks.

Another panel at WON focused on how child-care settings are regulated, and discussed whether local regulations can be an effective tool for advancing science-based obesity prevention strategies in early care and education programs. NCCOR Steering Committee member Laura Kettle Khan discussed preliminary evaluation results of child-care regulations adopted in New York City, including regulations to address increasing physical activity, reducing screen time, and promoting higher nutritional standards. Kettel Khan, of CDC currently directs the evaluation of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regulations for group child-care centers.

Awards ceremony

NCCOR was honored to have several of its own members receive awards at the conference for their efforts to combat obesity. Orleans and NCCOR External Scientific Panel members Jim Sallis of the University of California, San Diego, and Mary Story of the University of Minnesota received awards for their work on RWJF’s Active Living Research and the Healthy Eating Research (HER) programs.

“The success of the HER program is a result of the RWJF’s commitment to evidence-based policy development, the vision and strategic guidance of Tracy Orleans our project officer, and the creativity and ingenuity of all the grantees that were funded by the program, and the hard and excellent work of our HER national program office staff, our senior advisors and our network of external reviewers, ” said Story.

Senior leadership briefing

After the conference concluded, NCCOR hosted an invitation-only leadership meeting for the senior leaders from NCCOR’s funding organizations. The meeting focused on NCCOR’s activities, accomplishments, and future directions. Senior leaders in attendance included:

  • Rajen Anand, Ph.D., USDA
  • Ursula Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H, CDC
  • Rebecca Bunnell, Sc.D., M.Ed., CDC
  • Robert Croyle, Ph.D., NIH
  • William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., CDC
  • Alan Guttmacher, M.D., NIH
  • Van S. Hubbard, M.D., NIH
  • Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph. D., USDA
  • Robert M Kaplan, Ph.D., NIH
  • Edward B. Knipling, Ph. D., USDA
  • James Marks, M.D., Ph. D., RWJF
  • Debra Perez, Ph.D., RWJF
  • Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D., RWJF
  • Griffin Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., NIH
  • Abebayehu Tegene, Ph.D., M.S., USDA
  • Janey Thornton, Ph. D., USDA
  • Catherine Woteki, Ph. D., USDA

Weight of the Nation™: Moving Forward, Reversing the Trend took place May 7-9, 2012, in Washington, DC. The conference, hosted by CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO), was designed to provide a forum to highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies.