Nutrition & Physical Activity Research in Community Settings
The Boston Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Project (REACH), aims to develop and implement replicable and scalable strategies that assure population-wide policy, systems, and environmental improvements to reduce obesity and hypertension, and decrease health disparities.
Community Transformation Grants (CTG) are designed to help states and communities tackle the root causes of chronic disease such as smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity, with an additional focus on reducing health disparities among lower–income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities, and other under-served populations that often have higher rates of disease. One strategy for change is increasing the accessibility and affordability of healthful foods and beverages in corner stores.
Play Across Boston was undertaken by the HPRC in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Sport in Society and a broad-based community advisory board. From 1999 to 2001, the project led a comprehensive community-based assessment of physical activity programs and facilities for Boston youth. Findings were disseminated to community leaders to facilitate data-driven action for reducing observed disparities in physical activity opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The Youth Task Force (YTF) is a group of high school students who conduct research projects that inform the work of the HPRC and its community partners. The YTF was created in 2002 to: 1) enhance the HPRC’s research capability by providing access to information and perspectives that youth may be more likely to share with peers than adult professionals; 2) provide a participatory role for youth in the research process; and 3) allow youth to build research and leadership skills.