New York University Prevention Research Center

Developing and Evaluating Obesity Policies

Principal Investigator: Brian Elbel, Ph.D.
Project Manager: Courtney Abrams, M.A.

Policy Continuum Category: Policy Identification, Policy Development, and Policy Evaluation and Products

Project Description:
As a collaborating center in NOPREN, the New York University Prevention Research Center (NYU PRC) is establishing a formal, sustainable infrastructure for nutrition and obesity prevention policy work.

Individuals from across the university, along with community and government partners, are creating a cohesive set of city and state-level policy recommendations focused on New York’s racial and ethnic minority communities. Initial areas of focus include:

  • Menu labeling
  • Taxes and Pricing
  • Marketing to Children, and
  • Access to healthy food

The NYU NOPREN is conducting a research project focused on exploring the impact of street vendors who sell fruits and vegetables accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assessment Program Benefits (food stamps).

Overall, the NYU NOPREN seeks to develop a shared framework and multi-level strategies for nutrition and obesity prevention tailored to the specific assets, resources, and needs of New York City and similar communities.

Journal Articles:


  • Mijanovich T, Abrams C, Cantor J, Dunn L, Nonas C, Cappola K, Onufrak S, Park S, Elbel B (2012, October 29)Evaluation of a drinking water availability intervention in New York City schools.  Presented at American Public Health Association Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span, San Francisco, CA.
  • (2012). Evaluating Water Intervention. CDC Expert Panel on Drinking Water Access in Schools and Childcare.
  • (2012). Evaluation of a Drinking Water Availability Intervention in New York City Schools.  Presented at the Weight of the Nation Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Elbel, Brian (2011, October 31).  Development of obesity policies in New York City and State.  Presented at the American Public Health Association Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies, Washington, DC.
  • Elbel, B (2011, January 20). Obesity and Nutrition in New York.  Presented at What Must New York Do Now to Prevent Obesity? A Symposium of Good Ideas from the Field (The New York Academy of Medicine), New York, NY.  


  • Elbel B, Kiszko K, and Abrams C (2011). What Must New York Do Now to Prevent Obesity?, Food Policy Recommendations from the NYU Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, 1-8.


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.