Public Health Resources



Analysis of Obesity Rates for School Children in Pennsylvania (June 2019)  This research tracked childhood obesity rates in rural and urban Pennsylvania public school districts over the 10-year period of 2005-2016, using data from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, and the U.S. Census Bureau. (Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health)




Strategies Used by Adults With Diagnosed Diabetes to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs, 2017–2018   - Among adults with diagnosed diabetes, women (14.9%) were more likely than men (11.6%) to not take their medication as prescribed. Adults under age 65 with diagnosed diabetes were more likely than those aged 65 and over to not take their medication as prescribed (17.9% and 7.2%, respectively) and to ask their doctor for a lower-cost medication (26.3% and 21.9%, respectively). (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)



Obesity Prevention Interventions and Implications for Energy Balance in the United States and Mexico: A Systematic Review of the Evidence and Meta‐Analysis   - Obesity is preventable and yet continues to be a major risk factor for chronic disease. Multiple prevention approaches have been proposed across multiple settings where people live, work, learn, worship, and play. This review searched the vast literature on obesity prevention interventions to assess their effects on daily energy consumed and energy expended. (Wiley Interscience)


Multisector Approach to Improve Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Policies and Practices in Early Care and Education Programs: The National Early Care and Education Learning Collaboratives Project, 2013–2017   - A collaborative intervention among a health care system, state-level partners, and early care and education programs increased the number of best practices being met related to breastfeeding and infant feeding, child nutrition, infant and child physical activity, screen time, and outdoor play and learning in early care and education settings. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)




Obesity Plagues Hispanics And Blacks In Colorado, Nation’s ‘Healthiest’ State   - The adult obesity rates among minorities in Colorado are much higher — 29.9% for blacks and 27.7% for Latinos, far worse than the 21.6% rate for non-Hispanic whites. While those figures beat the nation’s overall obesity rate of 39.8%, a large portion of state residents still struggle to eat healthily and live active lifestyles. (National Public Radio (NPR))





2 Nurses In Tennessee Preach 'Diabetes Reversal'   - Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with weight loss and exercise; but research shows that people need lots of help to achieve control of blood sugar with just a change in diet and lifestyle, and they rarely get enough support. It's easier for doctors and patients to rely primarily on medication. At the nonprofit Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic, a nonprofit clinic founded in 2010 to bring free or low-cost health care to the area, patients are introduced to an alternative approach to taming Type 2 diabetes — and the prospect of reversing the diagnosis altogether. (National Public Radio (NPR))



Opportunities for Employers to Support Physical Activity Through Policy   - The purpose of this essay is to provide a definition for worksite policy and discuss how policy approaches can support employers’ efforts to promote physical activity and describes worksite physical activity policies that employers can adopt and implement. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)





A Health Equity Approach to Obesity Efforts: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief   - On April 1, 2019, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sci­ences, Engineering, and Medicine, held a public workshop which explored the history of health equity issues in demographic groups that have above-average obesity risk and considered principles and approaches to address these issues as part of obesity prevention and treatment efforts. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))



OASH Announces Intent to Reinstate the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board   - OASH is pleased to announce that it is building on this important work in promoting physical activity by reinstating the Science Board as part of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN). First established during the George W. Bush Administration, the science board is a subcommittee of PCSFN, comprised of leading academic experts in the fields of physical activity, sports, kinesiology, nutrition and related fields. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), HHS)


Changes in Obesity Among US Children Aged 2 Through 4 Years Enrolled in WIC During 2010-2016   - Among children aged 2 through 4 years enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), obesity prevalence increased between 2000 and 2010 but declined through 2014. The decline was statistically significant among all racial/ethnic groups and in 34 of 56 state WIC agencies. The present study examines trends in overweight and obesity by age, sex, and race/ethnicity using WIC data from 2010 to 2016. (American Medical Association (AMA))


Coming Soon: Opportunity to Provide Input on the Draft National Youth Sports Strategy   - A draft of the National Youth Sports Strategy will soon be available to review and provide public comment. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health is developing a national strategy to expand children’s participation in sports by focusing on the following priority areas: increasing awareness of the benefits of youth sports participation; promoting private and public strategies or programs to promote youth sports participation; developing metrics; and recruiting volunteers. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)





How Doctors Can Stop Stigmatizing — And Start Helping — Kids With Obesity   - A group of pediatric obesity specialists is working to change the conversation. At centers around the country, They offer intensive support for kids with obesity with teams of doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, and health coaches. And they take a radical approach: Don't make kids feel bad about their weight, they say, and it just might be easier for them to lose it. (National Public Radio (NPR))


The role of weight stigma in parental weight talk   - This study examined the role of weight stigma in parental weight talk, and whether internalized weight bias mediates the relationship between parents' experiences of weight stigma and weight‐based conversations and comments (Wiley Interscience)










How a Public Health Goal Became a National Law: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010   - Case study provides insights into policy strategy and advocacy best practices that resulted in passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), a public health law that removed soda and other junk food from schools and resulted in unprecedented improvements to school meals with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and less salt and trans fat. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))




Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of obesity in community settings   - The Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP), developed a unique program to address the many facets of pediatric and adolescent obesity. Through the “EPIC: Pediatric Obesity: Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention in Community Settings” program, locally based, physician-registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) teams bring a live, interactive update on pediatric overweight and obesity to community-based healthcare providers. (Contemporary Pediatrics)


Parent-Perceived Stress and Its Association With Children’s Weight and Obesity-Related Behaviors   - Among children with overweight or obesity, parent-perceived stress was associated with fast-food consumption and physical activity. Parent-perceived stress was associated with child BMI among children in low-income households and non-Hispanic black children. Obesity interventions should consider parent-perceived stress and potential differences in the nature of stress experienced by parents of different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)


Cost Effectiveness of Two Lifestyle Interventions in the Vermont WISEWOMAN Program   - Low-income women are disproportionately overweight or obese. The Vermont WISEWOMAN (Well Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) program, which serves Vermont women whose annual income is less than 250% of the federal poverty level, pays for members to attend 1 of 2 different evidence-based weight loss programs, Weight Watchers or Curves Complete. Study evaluated cost effectiveness of the weight-loss programs, conducted from April 2014 through March 2016, to determine which represented the best investment of WISEWOMAN program funds. (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC)




U.S. Soda Taxes Work, Studies Suggest — But Maybe Not As Well As Hoped   - This week, the governor of Connecticut proposed a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Several cities have already enacted such soda taxes to raise money and fight obesity. And there's new evidence suggesting that these taxes do work — although sometimes not as well as hoped. (National Public Radio (NPR))




Estimated Change in Prevalence and Trends of Childhood Blood Pressure Levels in the United States After Application of the 2017 AAP Guideline   - This study estimated the prevalence of hypertension and high blood pressure among children aged 8 to 17 years in the United States per the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guideline and compared that with the 2004 National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI) guideline’s prevalence estimate during 2005–2008 and 2013–2016. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)


School nutrition policies reduce weight gain   - Over the three years of the study, implementation of physical activity policies alone did not make a significant difference in students’ BMI. However, implementing nutrition policies—either alone or in combination with physical activity—did help the children maintain their weight. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)




Factors Affecting Obesity and Waist Circumference Among US Adults   - Physical activity, sedentary activity, and food intake affect waist circumference and obesity among adults; however, the relationship is unclear. The objective of this study was to explore how these factors affect waist circumference and obesity prevalence among adults. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)



Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces: Proceedings of a Workshop   - Proceedings from a May 2018 workshop which examined how obesity and overweight are measured in the armed forces and how they affect recruitment, retention, resilience, and readiness; discussed service-specific issues related to these problems and highlighted innovative strategies to address them through improved nutrition, physical activity, and stress management; and offered perspectives from outside of the armed forces on approaches to prevent and treat obesity. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))


The Effect of a Park-Based Physical Activity Program on Cardiovascular, Strength, and Mobility Outcomes Among a Sample of Racially/Ethnically Diverse Adults Aged 55 or Older   - Many older adults are not physically active despite the well-documented health benefits of regular exercise. Study examined cardiovascular, strength, and mobility outcomes among a sample of racially/ethnically diverse adults aged 55 or older participating in a community park-based physical activity program. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)


Examining protective and buffering associations between sociocultural factors and adverse childhood experiences among American Indian adults with type 2 diabetes: a quantitative, community-based participatory research approach   - The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of select adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among a sample of American Indian (AI) adults living with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and the associations between ACEs and self-rated physical and mental health. It also examined associations between sociocultural factors and health, including possible buffering processes. (BMJ Group)


Better Clinical Care for Obesity and Diet-Related Diseases Requires a Focus on Social Determinants of Health   - The complications of obesity and diet-related diseases challenge the traditional model of health care delivery, in which care primarily rests with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. These conditions instead require health systems to restructure care delivery to consider underlying drivers, which have traditionally fallen to professionals outside of the health care delivery system. Key among these underlying drivers are the social determinants of health. (New England Journal of Medicine)


Self-Directed Walk With Ease Workplace Wellness Program — Montana, 2015–2017   - Among Montana state workers with and without self-reported arthritis who participated in self-directed Walk With Ease, walking levels increased significantly. Among participants not walking for exercise at the start of the program, 97% were walking at 6 weeks and 87% at 6 months. Pain and fatigue decreased among those with moderate or severe pain or fatigue at baseline. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))




Case Study: Harris County BUILD Health Partnership   - The Harris County BUILD partners leveraged each of their individual strengths and created a shared vision to address food insecurity and high rates of childhood obesity. Follow their journey over the course of two years as they worked to restructure the local food system in Pasadena, TX, and make it healthy, sustainable, and community-supported in this new case study. (BUILD Health Challenge)


Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Now Available   - This morning at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, ADM Brett P. Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health launched the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)












Few California Children and Adolescents Meet Physical Activity Guidelines   - ​This policy brief describes physical activity among California children and adolescents. Using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) from 2013-14, the study found that only 31 percent of children ages 5-11 and 18 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 meet the physical activity guidelines of engaging in at least one hour of physical activity every day. (University of California Los Angeles (UCLA))


Actions to Improve Physical Activity Surveillance in the United States   - Discussion paper highlights discussion from a January 2017 roundtable to identify specific actions that could improve physical activity surveillance in the United States and to suggest approaches for moving forward on those actions. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))


Physical Activity Resource Guide: Implementing Physical Activity Programming for SNAP-Eligible Populations (2018)   - This resource provides practical “how-to” information about physical activity programming. This guide is intended to assist public health professionals, community leaders, community based and similar organizations assess, plan, implement and evaluate evidence-based physical education and physical activity programing in early child care, elementary school, middle school, high school, parks and the worksite environment. (California Department of Health)


Call for Research Papers: Physical Activity Among Women & Girls   - Public Health Reports is calling for manuscripts in the following areas: critical periods during the life course (e.g. puberty, marriage, educational transitions, pregnancy, and menopause) that impact physical activity levels among women and girls; organized sports participation among women and girls; and effective policies and/or programs that promote physical activity among women and girls. Abstracts are due November 3, 2018. (Public Health Reports)


7 States Now Report Obesity at or Above 35%   - Today, CDC released new data on self-reported adult obesity prevalence for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The 2017 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps show that adult obesity prevalence across the country remains high and differs by race, ethnicity, and education. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)


Clinical Perspectives on Obesity Treatment: Challenges, Gaps, and Promising Opportunities   - This discussion paper highlights the challenges, remaining gaps, and promising opportunities in advancing obesity treatment. The authors discuss challenges facing children and adults with obesity, including access to treatment, risks involved with treatment, responsiveness to treatment, and the importance of multidisciplinary care teams. (National Academy of Medicine)




BE Active Slides and Talking Points   - This slide deck with talking points can help public health professionals and community leaders spread the word about the BE Active resources to promote and increase physical activity in their communities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)


Attempts to Lose Weight Among Adults in the United States, 2013-2016   - This report describes the percentage of U.S. adults who tried to lose weight in the past year by sex, age, race and Hispanic origin, family income, and weight status, based on data collected in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2013-2016. (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)


State Variation in Meeting the 2008 Federal Guidelines for Both Aerobic and Muscle-strengthening Activities Through Leisure-time Physical Activity Among Adults Aged 18-64: United States, 2010-2015 (June 2018)   - This report presents national and state-level age-adjusted estimates of percentages of U.S. adults aged 18-64 who met the 2008 federal guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities during leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in 2010-2015, by sex and work status (working compared with nonworking). (National Center for Health Statistics, CDC)

    • + Professional and Research
      • Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) The Boston Obesity Research Center (ORC) provides resources and support for studies in the area of obesity and nutrition. The site provides access to research, events, and information about the Institute's activities around obesity and nutrition.
      • Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) A nonpartisan policy, resource and technical assistance center with a history of developing school-connected strategies for better health and education outcomes for children. CHHCS partners with foundations, government health and education agencies, school districts, and providers across the country to support their school-connected initiatives.
      • Healthy Eating Research A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that supports research on environmental and policy strategies with potential to promote healthy eating among children, especially those most at risk for obesity.
      • NACCHO Obesity Prevention/Physical Activity/Nutrition NACCHO, in cooperation with the CDC, seeks to address issues related to the obesity endemic in the United States and develop interventions through evidence-based, cost-effective strategies which can have a significant impact on our nation's health.
      • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) The mission of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) is to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity.
      • Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity The Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity is one of 33 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their mission is to work with community partners to design, implement, and evaluate programs that improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce overweight, and reduce chronic disease risk among children and youth.
      • Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world's diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.
      • Texas Obesity Research Center The Texas Obesity Research Center fosters local community collaborations to develop state-of-the-art obesity prevention and control methodologies through cross sectional and longitudinal research investigating psychosocial, environmental and biologic determinants of obesity and its consequences.
      • The Obesity Society The Obesity Society is a leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity, committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.
      • University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center The University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center provides leadership and coordination at the local, national, and international level for multidisciplinary research, policy, and education that focuses on understanding and responding to the pernicious epidemic of excessive weight gain and obesity.
    • + Federal
      • NIH Obesity Research NIH is a key contributor to solving the obesity problem through scientific research on obesity prevention and treatment.
    • + International
      • European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) The European Association for the Study of Obesity aims to promote research on obesity, facilitate contact between individuals and organizations, and promote action that tackles the epidemic of obesity.
      • WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity Commission has been tasked with providing a report specifying which approaches and combinations of interventions are likely to be most effective in tackling childhood and adolescent obesity in different contexts around the world.
      • World Obesity Federation IASO is an umbrella organization for obesity associations from over 50 countries. It works to improve global health by promoting the understanding of obesity and weight-related diseases through scientific research, dialogue, and the development of effective policies for obesity prevention and management.

ASTHO Obesity and Wellness Resources   - Support and resources to states for the development of policies that support healthy eating and active living. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

CDC Overweight & Obesity Topics   - Provides an overview of obesity in America and links to information resources. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Endocrine Society: Obesity Overview   - Online clearinghouse for the general public and reporters seeking information on the key scientific trends and advancements related to obesity. (Endocrine Society)

Evaluating Weight Control Programs   - Find a variety of articles, brochures, and publications to help consumers and professionals alike find their way through the maze of weight and diet claims. (National Agricultural Library, USDA)

FNIC Weight and Obesity   - The Food Nutrition Information Center provides a wealth of knowledge on the topic of obesity, including general information and resources, treatment and prevention timelines, evaluating weight control programs, practical healthy weight control, adolescent and childhood obesity and non-diet approaches, and more. (Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library)

Healthfinder: Obesity   - Government-sponsored information resources on obesity. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS))

Healthy Weight   - Site provides consumers information on healthy eating, weight loss, preventing weight gain, health effects of extra weight, physical activity, tips for parents, meal planning, and success stories. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

MedlinePlus - Obesity   - Authoritative information and selected links to resources related to obesity. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

NIFA Obesity Topic Page   - Information on obesity and healthy weight including news, funding opportunities, research results, partnerships, and upcoming events. (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA)

Nutrition and Obesity Genetics and Genomics   - Resources about genetic linkages to nutrition and obesity, including research and funding opportunities. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH)

Obesity Treatment and Prevention Program   - The Obesity Treatment and Prevention Program supports research on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity across the lifespan. Research focuses on critical periods for excess weight gain or high-risk populations. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH)

Vital Signs: Cancer and obesity   - The October 2017 issue of Vital Signs focuses on the link between obesity and cancer. Overweight and obesity are associated with at least 13 different types of cancer. These cancers make up 40% of all cancers diagnosed. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

WHO Obesity Page   - Webpage includes information, multimedia, WHO programs, publications, statistics, and technical information on obesity at the global-level. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Weight-Control Information Network (WIN)   - Provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH)

Diabetes: Combined Diet and Physical Activity Promotion Programs to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Among People at Increased Risk   - Based on the evidence, combined diet and physical activity promotion programs are effective across a range of counseling intensities, settings, and implementers. Programs commonly include a weight loss goal, individual or group sessions (or both) about diet and exercise, meetings with a trained diet or exercise counselor (or both), and individually tailored diet or exercise plans (or both). Higher intensity programs lead to greater weight loss and reduction in new-onset diabetes. Economic evidence indicates that these interventions are cost-effective. (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF))

Special Supplement: Community-Driven Efforts to Increase Equity in Communities Through Policy and Systems Change: Outcomes and Lessons Learned From 9 Years of Food & Fitness Community Partnerships   - Health Promotion Practice supplement features 12 articles and two commentaries, including three case studies highlighting the processes, partnerships and local policy changes needed to overcome barriers and create community-driven equitable change in food and fitness environments. (Society for Public Health Education)

Active People, Healthy Nation   - Active People, Healthy Nation is a national initiative by CDC and its partners, with the goal of saving lives and protecting health by helping 25 million Americans become more physically active. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Eat Healthy ─ Be Active Community Workshops   - Six one-hour workshops that include lesson plans, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), HHS)

Innovations in Childhood Obesity   - The Innovations in Childhood Obesity initiative fosters collaboration between Medicaid and public health organizations in five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - with efforts focused on the development, testing, and dissemination of innovative approaches to reducing obesity prevalence among low-income children. (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS))

Let's Move!   - *Archived site, content may be outdated.* Comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

We Can! Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition   - National education program designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. The program provides tools, fun activities, and more to help encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH)

CDC Childhood Obesity Facts   - Provides information on childhood obesity including statistics, health effects, and prevention strategies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CHOICES Project   - The Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is working to help reverse the US obesity epidemic by identifying the most cost-effective childhood obesity interventions. (Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

COMPACT   - A five-year international collaboration to apply the principles of systems science to community-based childhood obesity interventions. Systems science can help researchers identify the factors that lead to the effective implementation of childhood obesity interventions. (Brookings Institution)

Development of a Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index (August 2019)   - This report describes how several county-level environment variables were utilized to construct the Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index which consists of 10 variables related to physical activity and healthy eating. (University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health)

DigitalCATCH   - Digital CATCH is the platform to access program resources for CATCH® , the school health program with the most scientific evidence of effectiveness. Site provides free access to physical activity and nutrition curricula for pre-K through middle school students. (CATCH: Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

Healthy Kids, Healthy Future   - Healthy Kids, Healthy Future is a nationwide call-to-action that empowers child care and early education providers to make positive health changes in children that could last a lifetime. (Nemours Foundation)

Innovations in Childhood Obesity Resource Center   - This resource center provides practical tools and strategies to spur Medicaid-public health collaboration to reduce childhood obesity among low-income populations. (Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS))

Interventions to Increase Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Schools   - The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends intervention approaches that combine meal or fruit and vegetable snack interventions with physical activity interventions based on findings that these combined interventions increase students’ physical activity, modestly increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, and decrease the number of students who are overweight or have obesity. (Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF))

Local Health Department Role in Preventing and Reducing Obesity and Chronic Diseases among Children and Youth   - Issue brief that describes the childhood obesity epidemic and discusses the emergence of chronic disease in children, specifically diabetes and hypertension. The issue brief also identifies strategies and resources to help local health departments (LHDs) address this public health challenge in their communities. Free registration is required for access. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

MedlinePlus - Obesity in Children   - Information for parents, consumers, and health professionals to help understand and cope with childhood obesity. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Screening   - The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older and offer or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))

Partnership for a Healthier America   - The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis.

Physical Activity Case Studies   - A series of seven case studies on successful campaigns to increase physical activity throughout the nation. These new resources tell the stories of state- and local-level campaign wins for active transportation funding, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, shared use, and environmental justice policies. (American Heart Association)

Public Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents   - Excess consumption of added sugars, especially from sugary drinks, poses a grave health threat to children and adolescents, disproportionately affecting children of minority and low-income communities. Public policies, such as those detailed in this statement, are needed to decrease child and adolescent consumption of added sugars and improve health. (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))

RWJF Childhood Obesity   - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is dedicated to reversing America's childhood obesity epidemic and to advancing changes in public policy, community environments, and industry practices to ensure that all children across the nation have opportunities to achieve a healthy weight. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

The Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions for Reducing Obesity among Young Children through Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Screen Time   - This brief compiles research conducted by the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) on interventions that impact young children. The brief provides an overview of the goals of cost-effectiveness analysis, the evidence thus far on the cost-effectiveness of different strategies to prevent obesity in the places where very young children (0- to 5-year-olds) live, learn, and play, and the evidence that is still needed for informed decision-making. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Voices for Healthy Kids Toolkits   - Healthy eating and physical activity toolkits to promote healthy lifestyles for children. Site also links to grant opportunities related to child obesity, nutrition, and physical activity. (American Heart Association)

Youth Compendium of Physical Activities   - The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research)

Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps   - Maps depicting the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The site also provides obesity data maps by state and territory, PowerPoint slides, and information about the data methodology and previous years. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Adult Obesity in the United States   - Chart, graph, and table use the most recent BRFSS data to calculate obesity rates in the US. According to the most recent data, adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in five states, 30 percent in 25 states, and 25 percent in 46 states. (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))

CDC Vital Signs - Adult Obesity   - Recent data on adult obesity gathered from CDC's national monitoring systems. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Catalogue of Surveillance Systems   - The Catalogue of Surveillance Systems provides one-stop access to over 100 publicly available datasets relevant to childhood obesity research. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research)

Childhood Obesity Measures Registry User Guides   - The Measures Registry User Guides are designed to: provide overviews of measurements, describe general principles of measurement selection, present case studies to walk researchers through selecting appropriate measures, and direct researchers to additional resources and sources of useful information. Measurement user guides are available for individual diet, food environment, individual physical activity, and physical activity environment. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research)

Global Database on Body Mass Index   - This database provides both national and sub-national adult underweight, overweight and obesity prevalence rates by country, year of survey and gender. (World Health Organization (WHO))

Measures Registry   - The NCCOR Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. The purpose of this registry is to promote the consistent use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity prevention and research at the individual, community, and population levels. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research)

National Obesity Monitor   - Interactive dashboard allows users to explore more than 40 years of obesity rate data, including trends over time by age group, sex, race, and ethnicity. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps   - Aan interactive database that provides information about the health status and behaviors of Americans, state-by-state, via clickable maps, charts, and tables. Topics include obesity, breastfeeding, physical activity, and other health behaviors and related environmental and policy data from multiple sources. (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC)

State of Obesity Rates & Trends   - Analysis of obesity rates based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This resource includes interactive maps, data snapshots of state obesity rankings, and policy approaches for preventing and reducing obesity. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

The National Weight Control Registry   - The NWCR was developed to identify and investigate the characteristics of individuals who have succeeded at long-term weight loss. The NWCR annually tracks over 10,000 individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for long periods of time. (Brown Medical School)

ACPM Policy and Advocacy   - Practice policy statements, public policy statements, position statements, and patient education statements consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. (American College of Preventive Medicine)

CDC Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity - Legislation   - This dataset contains policy data for 50 US states and DC from 2001 to 2017. Data include information related to state legislation and regulations on nutrition, physical activity, and obesity in settings such as early care and education centers, restaurants, schools, work places, and others. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Healthy States: Obesity   - Publications and resources designed to provide state legislators with concise, up-to-date information on obesity. (Council of State Governments)

Joint Use   - Joint use is a way to increase opportunities for children and adults to be more physically active. It refers to two or more entities - usually a school and a city or private organization - sharing indoor and outdoor spaces like gymnasiums, athletic fields and playgrounds. (Prevention Institute)

Obesity Legislation Database   - The legislation database tracks state and federal policies related to obesity and diet-related diseases in issue areas including access to healthy food, breastfeeding, farms and gardens, school nutrition and physical activity, food assistance programs, marketing/advertising to children, menu and package labeling, and food and beverage taxes. (University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health))

State Policies to Prevent Obesity   - This feature tracks the status of each state's efforts on more than two dozen policies aimed at preventing obesity and supporting health in early childhood, schools, and communities. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))

Visualizing data about the healthy schools policy landscape   - The report documents how all 50 states and the District of Columbia address more than 195 topic areas embedded within the 10 domains of the WSCC: health education; physical education and physical activity; nutrition environment and services; health services; counseling, psychological, and social services; social and emotional climate; physical environment; employee wellness; family engagement; and community involvement. (Child Trends)

Adipogenesis, Adipocyte Function and Obesity Following HIV Infection, Antiretroviral Therapy, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)   - This FOA seeks applications to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of how HIV and antiretroviral drugs used for therapy or pre-exposure prophylaxis contribute to the development of obesity and alter adipocyte and adipose tissue function as well as the effects of these processes on metabolic and physiological processes within the mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH)

Children’s Healthy Weight State Capacity Building Program   - To develop and implement a Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN, with the goal of increasing the proportion of children and young adults ages birth to 21 years who fall within a healthy weight range by supporting states to adopt evidence-based or evidence-informed policies and practices related to nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Developing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R21/R33 - Clinical Trial Optional)   - Funding for highly innovative and promising research aimed at developing multi-level physical activity intervention programs acting on at least two levels of the socioecological model and designed to increase health-enhancing physical activity: 1) in persons or groups that can benefit from such activity; and 2) that could be made scalable and sustainable for broad use across the nation. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

MCHB Grant Challenges   - The Maternal Health and Child Bureau invites innovative ideas for low-cost, scalable, innovative solutions to prevention of child obesity, care coordination for children with special health care needs, remote pregnancy monitoring, and preventing opioid misuse in pregnant women and new moms. (Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), HRSA, HHS)

NCCOR Funding Opportunities   - This website provides links to funding opportunities generated by NCCOR members and others, such as universities and nonprofit organizations (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research)

NIDDK Obesity Funding Opportunities   - The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.

Notice of Special Interest in Understanding Factors in Infancy and Early Childhood (Birth to 24 months) That Influence Obesity Development   - The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) of an area of special interest in understanding factors in infancy and early childhood (birth to 24 months) that influence the development of obesity. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH)

Testing Interventions for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)   - Funding for innovative and promising research that tests multi-level physical activity intervention programs acting on at least two levels of the socio-ecological model and designed to increase health-enhancing physical activity: 1) in persons or groups that can benefit from such activity; and 2) that could be made scalable and sustainable for broad use across the nation. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Voices for Healthy Kids Grants   - The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. (American Heart Association)

Improving Obesity Care Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course   - This free, one-hour, online accredited course is for health professionals (clinicians, nurses, social workers and dietitians, and trainees) to improve the quality of care for patients with overweight and obesity, and help reduce weight stigmatization in clinical settings. (University of Connecticut, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity)

Obesity Classified as a Disease: Improve Education with TRAIN   - Education and training opportunities are essential in developing obesity interventions. TRAIN, the nation's premier learning management network for public health professionals and volunteers, offers local, state, and national trainings that can be used in developing obesity prevention and education initiatives. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))

Preventing Childhood Obesity – Eating Better, Moving More   - Webinar from August 2018 provides the definition of child obesity, disparities, health risks, and focuses on how public health professionals can combat pediatric obesity in their communities. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)