Prevention Research Center on Nutrition & Physical Activity News & Events

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.

VIDEO: Dr. Steven Gortmaker featured in NEJM roundtable discussion on “Health Promotion and the State”

“Some major U.S. public health problems are perpetuated and exacerbated at least in part by lifestyle choices and individual behavior. Policymakers at all levels of government are struggling to find ways of intervening to promote wellness and reduce unhealthy behaviors without overstepping the limits of their authority or infringing on personal liberties. What can and … Continue reading “VIDEO: Dr. Steven Gortmaker featured in NEJM roundtable discussion on “Health Promotion and the State””

Getting Back on Tap

The Policy Context and Cost of Ensuring Access to Low-Cost Drinking Water in Massachusetts Schools A review of Massachusetts public school district wellness policies found that prior to 2010, most (92%-94% of policies) did not address access to free drinking water. The study also estimated costs associated with three water provision strategies: commercial bottled water cooler, tap-water dispensers (both refrigerated … Continue reading “Getting Back on Tap”