NOPREN was established as a research and evaluation network of the Prevention Research Centers program, with funding from the Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and support from other partners. The network consists of one coordinating center, 5 funded member centers, 9 affiliate member centers, and technical advisors from DNPAO and the National Cancer Institute at National Institutes of Health. The network has four working groups that focus on Water Access, Rural Food Access, Policy Impact, and Food Policy Councils. Network members also work on collaborative projects with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research (HER) working groups that focus on early care and education. All Centers engage community partners and local and/or state health practitioners. NOPREN is a part of the portfolio of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

The mission of the Network is to conduct transdisciplinary practice-based policy research and evaluation along the continuum of policy identification, development, evaluation, and dissemination by:

· Identifying areas subject to influence by policies
· Identifying relevant policies that foster or inhibit healthier lifestyles
· Describing the process of developing and implementing policies
· Evaluating adopted policy content, intent, and enforcement
· Evaluating health outcomes and co-benefits/consequences of policies
· Creating and disseminating model policies and policy briefs

Information from completed research and evaluation is disseminated to a variety of audiences including practitioners, state and local health departments, federal, state, and local policymakers, and advocates.


What are Nutrition and Obesity Policies?

Policies that affect the nutrition environment and influence lifestyle choices and behavior. They can have impacts on diet, physical activity, and energy balance.

Examples include:

  • Financial incentives to encourage healthy food and beverage choices
  • Community design and zoning policies
  • School food and physical activity policies
  • Point of purchase, marketing, and advertising policies
  • Policies that increase access to water and reduce access to sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Menu labeling policies
(adapted from McKinnon RA et al.”Considerations for an Obesity Policy Research Agenda” Am J Prev Med 2009.)

Relevant Policies

Relevant policies may be enacted at the local, state, federal, or tribal level and typically include:

  • Legislative actions
  • Executive orders
  • City/county ordinances/zoning
  • Agency regulations or rulemaking
  • Contracts/legally binding agreements
  • Organizational policies (e.g. school and workplace policies).

Terms of Use

NOPREN Project Period: 2011-2014 NOPREN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.  The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent that official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.