A study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health – which appears in the CDC’s journal Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) – explored the breadth of dissemination of evidence-based obesity prevention programs throughout public schools in the United States and also researched the possibility that such programs may be unintentionally furthering weight stigma and disordered weight-control … Continue reading “STUDY: Are U.S. Schools Employing Obesity Prevention Programs that Further Weight Stigma?”
A CHOICES study finds that the obesity epidemic is far from over and is likely to become much worse, as study results predict that 57% of today’s children will have obesity at age 35. Public health professionals need to re-double their efforts to prevent such an outcome. The CHOICES Project has identified cost-effective interventions in … Continue reading “STUDY: Simulation of Growth Trajectories of Childhood Obesity into Adulthood”
A study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) assessed the predictors of stated support for policies promoting physically active travel, and found that such support is higher in areas where larger investments are made in active travel infrastructure, public transit is accessible, … Continue reading “STUDY: How Individual- & County-Level Factors Are Associated with Public Support for Active Transportation Policies”
A study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health found that racial/ethnic disparities in intake of tap water may be partly responsible for racial/ethnic disparities in hydration among U.S. adults.
This study from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health directly observed the nutritional quality of meals served at 5 summer camps in the Boston, MA area, and reported some important results.
Applying for and implementing a federally-funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) award can be particularly challenging for low-income communities in need of safe and active transportation programming.
In a research brief released December 14, 2016, the CHOICES Project examined the cost-effectiveness and impact of a one cent per ounce city excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the 15 largest US cities (with the authority to implement such a tax).
An HPRC study found that many Massachusetts middle and high schools did not meet state or federal policies for minimum student drinking water access. Access to safe, clean drinking water is essential for health, yet research has found that over half of all children and adolescents in the US are not adequately hydrated at any … Continue reading “STUDY: Youth access to drinking water in schools may be limited”
A CHOICES analysis of the proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax in Philadelphia, PA, found that the policy would prevent thousands of cases of childhood and adult obesity, prevent new cases of diabetes, increase healthy life years, and save more in future healthcare costs than it would cost to implement. [Read the Full Brief]
A CHOICES paper reveals that adult obesity rates in the United States are higher than previously reported by the CDC. Adult overweight and obesity are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States—a problem depicted in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) well-known obesity maps. However these figures—which have … Continue reading “STUDY: Redrawing the U.S. Obesity Landscape”