Nutrition & Physical Activity Tools and Trainings

The HPRC has nutrition and physical activity education and assessment tools for use in schools, out of school time programscommunities, clinical settings, policy advocacy, and at home. Click on a category below for dozens of FREE downloads. Publications on our research studies can be found here.

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Research-tested school-based curricula, Eat Well & Keep Moving (for elementary students) and Planet Health (for middle school students), focused on healthy eating and being physically active. Materials include interdisciplinary lessons and teacher training materials.
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Tools for out of school time, featuring Food & Fun, a curriculum designed to develop healthy habits in afterschool programs. Food & Fun resources also include sample newsletters and handouts for parents and planning and tracking tools for afterschool program staff. We also have tools associated with our core research project, Out of School Time Nutrition and Physical Activity (OSNAP) Initiative.
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Tools for community settings, including surveys to access physical activity resources from our Play Across Boston research project, and resources for working with youth based on the HPRC’s past experiences running a Youth Task Force–high school students who conducted research projects to inform the work of the HPRC and its community partners.

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A toolkit for healthcare settings, including the Pediatric Obesity Clinical Decision Support Chart from the Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative, which provides clinicians with practical, point-of-care guidance on childhood obesity and tools to use with children and parents during office.
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Tools for policy research, including a national summary of federal funding of the Safe Routes to School program, and state summaries of federal transportation funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs. This section also includes an interactive body weight simulator, which can help us understand the impact of energy imbalance on body weight change.
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Resources for communicating with parents and families about healthy living, including sample newsletter articles, fact sheets, and handouts from our Planet Health middle school, Eat Well & Keep Moving elementary school, and Food & Fun afterschool curricula.


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.