The mission of the Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC) is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families, and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.

Since 1998, the HPRC has participated in drawing national attention to the need for replicable, effective strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity and prevent obesity using a social ecological perspective. Together with our community partners, the HPRC has launched groundbreaking research in a variety of sectors including schools, out of school programscommunities, clinical settings, and the policy arena. We disseminate tools and trainings in our partner communities and states, as well as nationally and internationally.