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Protocol Papers Published for Healthy Communities Study

Researchers from Battelle, along with partners from the University of South Carolina, the University of Kansas and the University of California-Berkeley, have published detailed protocol papers for Healthy Communities Study (HCS), a large-scale study examining the impact of school and community health programs on childhood obesity rates.

The seven protocol papers were published as part of a special feature section in the October edition of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Each of the seven papers describes a specific aspect of the study. Taken together, they outline the full study protocol. Four of the seven papers were led or co-led by Battelle researchers. Papers include:

  • Study Rationale and Aims
  • Study Design and Analysis
  • Operations
  • Anthropomorphic Measures
  • Community Programs and Policies
  • Dietary Measures
  • Physical Activity Measures

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, led by Battelle, is the first systematic study to attempt to correlate the characteristics of community programs and policies targeting childhood obesity and children’s obesity-related outcomes. Researchers gathered extensive data from community leaders and households in 130 communities across the country. The results will provide critical insights into what appears to be working to prevent childhood obesity in different types of communities, and help to inform public policy and design effective youth programs. 

Making the study protocol papers fully available to the research community will provide a fuller understanding of the results and implications of this landmark study. Data analysis is still underway. Full results will be published in 2016.