Battelle experts presented lessons learned from the Healthy Community Study at the Healthy Eating Research Conference on April 8, 2016. The symposium, “The Healthy Communities Study: Examining How Community Policies and Programs are Related to Children’s Weight Status,” included a presentation by Warren Strauss and Dr. Lisa John on “Healthy Communities Study Overview & Methods.”
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.