Tracking the impact on children of changes in the food and physical activity environments in five New Jersey cities over five years (ASUF 30005347)

Project: Research project

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Tracking the impact on children of changes in the food and physical activity environments in five New Jersey cities over five years (ASUF 30005347) Tracking changes in the food and physical activity environments in five New Jersey cities Initiation of environmental and policy interventions that are effective in reducing childhood obesity requires evidence of what works and why. Recent studies, cited in headlines in the New York Times and elsewhere, have cast doubt on the efficacy of several of the strategies recommended by the IOM, CDC, and others. The proposed research addresses several shortcomings in the design of previous studies and promises an exceptional degree of precision in isolating the impact of specific changes in the food and physical activity environment in five NJ cities. The investigators have recently been awarded a $3m grant from NICHD for the longitudinal study, Impact of Environmental Changes on Children's BMI and Behaviors. Due to across-the-board budget cuts imposed by NICHD, we are requesting RWJF funds to support tracking of changes in food and physical activity environments in the five study cities over the next five years to complement data collection in the NICHD study which will primarily capture individual and home level data. The project supports the Childhood Obesity Teams strategy for fostering interventions in the following areas: competitive foods/beverages in schools; access to healthy food; and built environment in communities. The expected outcomes of this effort fit with the Childhood Obesity teams objective of building the evidence base for policy and environmental approaches that help reduce childhood obesity and ensuring that examples of most promising efforts are available for advocating for change. The major challenge will be assuring that our systematic approach will capture most of the important and relevant changes in the environment. RWJF funds, supplementing the NICHD award, will support implementation of a comprehensive strategy for tracking change that will be critical to achieving the promise of the research.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/15/126/14/18

Funding

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: $559,798.00

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