Prevention Research Center on Nutrition & Physical Activity News & Events

Seeking Applicants for Leaders in Health

Application due February 14, 2014 Leaders in Health community training program is currently seeking applications from community members who are striving to improve nutrition and physical activity in Boston and surrounding communities. Now in its 4th year, the program’s goal is to build the capacity of our community partners by providing participants with an introduction … Continue reading “Seeking Applicants for Leaders in Health”

“Impact of the Boston Active School Day Policy to Promote Physical Activity Among Children”

A study by HPRC’s Dr. Angie Cradock, Jessica Barrett, and Dr. Steven Gortmaker found that Active School Day implementation increased student moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels and decreased sedentary time during school at modest cost. The study took place in six elementary schools with three matched pairs and included 455 consenting fourth- and fifth-grade students in Boston, Massachusetts, from February to … Continue reading ““Impact of the Boston Active School Day Policy to Promote Physical Activity Among Children””

Technology and Childhood Obesity: The Good, the Bad, and the Possible

Community Partners Meeting Wrap-Up Thank you to all who attended our Ninth Annual Community Partners Meeting and joined in the discussion on technology and childhood obesity. If you missed the meeting or any of the materials and handouts, they are linked in the below for download. You can also check out some highlights from the … Continue reading “Technology and Childhood Obesity: The Good, the Bad, and the Possible”

HPRC to Evaluate Impact of the “Rethink Your Drink” Campaign

Today, Mayor Menino announced a partnership with Shaw’s & Star Market, Stop & Shop, and Dudley Square’s Tropical Foods to rollout the “Rethink Your Drink” Campaign. Through a color-coded labeling system, the 15-store effort aims to help raise awareness about the negative health impacts of consuming too many sugar-sweetened beverages. The Harvard Prevention Research Center (HPRC) and The … Continue reading “HPRC to Evaluate Impact of the “Rethink Your Drink” Campaign”

HPRC at APHA’s Annual Meeting & Expo

This year’s APHA meeting, “Think Global Act Local: Best Practices Around the World,” addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. Be sure to look for HPRC at the following presentations: Monday, November 4th 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Food & Nutrition Student Research … Continue reading “HPRC at APHA’s Annual Meeting & Expo”

EVENT: HPRC Community Partners Meeting

Technology and Childhood Obesity: The Good, the Bad, and the Possible Highlights from the meeting will be shared on Twitter via @HarvardPRC. Join in on the conversation with #technobesity. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2013 8:00AM-1:30PM MIT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COMPLEX 3RD FLOOR, MEZZANINE LOUNGE, ROOM W20-307 77 MASSACHUSETTS AVE CAMBRIDGE MA 02139 Featured Keynote Speakers: Screen Proliferation … Continue reading “EVENT: HPRC Community Partners Meeting”

Spotlight on WATER

The recent launch of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and Partnership for a Healthier America’s “Drink Up” campaign has made H2O a focus of national conversation. Water access and consumption is one of HPRC’s five identified key targets for obesity prevention. From the national down to the local level,  we have plenty of resources to contribute to … Continue reading “Spotlight on WATER”

Kids may not offset extra exercise at school

(Reuters Health) – Children who exercise at school don’t make up for the extra effort by being less active at home, according to a new U.S. study that used accelerometers to track kids’ activity levels. “What this argues for is we should be increasing activity in schools,” said Michael Long, the lead author of the … Continue reading “Kids may not offset extra exercise at school”

Dr. Michele Polacsek & MYOC featured by NCI’s “Research to Reality” online community!

The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative’s (MYOC) toolkit, “Keep ME Heatlhy” has now been included in the National Cancer Institute’s online community “Research to Reality (R2R).” Join in the discussion about Keep ME Healthy and redressing the childhood obesity pandemic with July’s featured R2R Partner Dr. Michele Polacsek.