Nutrition and Physical Activity Research Projects

The HPRC conducts community-based participatory research projects in a variety of settings, including schools, out of school programscommunities, clinical settings, and the policy arena. Click on a category below for more information on our methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk. Publications on these research studies can be found here.

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School-based research projects, such as evidence-based curricula, Eat Well & Keep Moving (for elementary students) and Planet Health (for middle school students), which focus on healthy eating and being physically active. Other projects include Safe Routes to School and Evaluation of Boston Public School’s Active School Day policies.
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Research projects in out of school time settings, including our core research project, Out of School Time Nutrition and Physical Activity (OSNAP) Initiative. Other projects include our collaboration with the YMCA and Food & Fun, an evidence-based curriculum designed to develop healthy habits in afterschool programs. dotted line  (dotted-line.gif)

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Research in community settings, such as our Play Across Boston assessment of physical activity programs and facilities for Boston youth. HPRC community projects also include An Intervention to Remove Screen Media from Children’s Bedrooms and the Youth Task Force, high school students who conduct research projects to inform the work of the HPRC and its community partners.

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Healthcare-based research, such as the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative (MYOC), a project aimed at improving care and outcomes for overweight youth. MYOC includes a toolkit for clinicians with practical, point-of-care guidance on childhood obesity and tools to use with children and parents during office visits. This section also includes a worksite model for prostate cancer screening.

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Policy research,including a project that monitors and evaluates interventions designed to address the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S. One aspect of this project is to identify cost-effective childhood obesity interventions. This section also includes several research networks, such as the Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) and the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN).


The Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center is a member of the Prevention Research Centers Program, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.