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Audio
JNEB Podcast
April 10, 2017

Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca discussed newly-published research from ChildObesity180 with the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior in April 2017.

Research
ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals
November 22, 2016

The ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals include the broad goals of each initiative, followed by the evidence and recommendations that guide and inform our work.

Audio
The Parenting Hour
November 14, 2016

ChildObesity180's Erin Hennessy appeared on The Parenting Hour on KUCI 88.9FM in November 2016 to talk about ChildObesity180's approach to addressing childhood obesity.

Research
Healthy Kids, Healthy Business: New Children’s Menu a Success at Regional Restaurant Chain
May 18, 2016

What happened when a restaurant chain made healthful options more plentiful and prominent on its children’s menu? Making the business case for improving the nutritional quality of kids' menu offerings. 

Research
ChildObesity180 Overview
February 14, 2016

ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School is a national leader in childhood obesity prevention, blending scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale high-impact initiatives that will reach 80% of children ages 5-12 in the US, being intentional and strategic to reach those children disproportionately affected by obesity. This document provides an overview of our unique approach and our impact.

Research
Report Finds Childhood Obesity on the Rise: Does Your Kid Have a Healthy Weight?
September 18, 2015

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research. But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Infographic
Shaking Up the Kids' Menu
June 16, 2015

Twitter icon

Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Why does it seem like every kids' menu has the same old options? This infographic, designed especially for kids, explains what happened when one restaurant decided to shake things up. Download the infographic.

Infographic
What Happens When a Restaurant Offers Healthier Meals for Kids?
April 29, 2015

Twitter icon

Our infographic looks at the changes that resulted when the Silver Diner, a full-service regional restaurant chain, made healthy changes to its kids' menu in 2012. Download the infographic

Video
Healthy Kids Out of School: Stories from the Field
May 20, 2014

The Notah Begay III Foundation and Boy Scouts of America are among eleven out-of-school-time organizations that have partnered with Healthy Kids Out of School to implement three principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart. We visited an NB3 soccer program in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, and a Boy Scout summer camp in Kingston, MA to see how these programs are encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

Research
Parent Perspectives on Nutrition and Physical Activity During Out-of-School Time
November 9, 2013

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve a large, diverse population of children, including those at increased obesity risk. In this study, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, parents' perspectives about nutrition and physical activity (PA) during OST were assessed. Access the article.

Research
Boston Globe: As we make strides against childhood obesity, we must not let up in our effort
October 30, 2013

ChildObesity180 vice-chair and director Dr. Christina Economos authored a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, emphasizing the importance of staying the course in our efforts to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Read the letter.

Research
Bloomberg: The Practical Way to Fight Childhood Obesity
September 17, 2013

This piece by Peter Orszag, published by Bloomberg, features ChildObesity180 as one of several "new organizations fighting obesity [that] offer larger lessons for national policy." Read the article.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Corona-Norco Unified School District, Corona, California
July 31, 2013

Students in the Corona-Norco Unified School District stay active with the 100 Mile Club, a school-based running and walking program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Natick Public Schools, Natick, Massachusetts
July 31, 2013

Students in Natick Public Schools stay active with BOKS, a before-school physical activity program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida
July 31, 2013

Miami-Dade County Public Schools are using technology to keep kids active.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Red Hawk Elementary Schools, Erie, Colorado
July 31, 2013

See how Red Hawk Elementary students stay active daily with a rotating "movement calendar."

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head, South Carolina
July 31, 2013

Watch how the Strength Summed Up Team keeps children active before-school.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - CHALK/Just Move, New York, New York
July 31, 2013

Learn how children in New York City meet the state standard of 120 minutes of physical activity per week with the CHALK/Just Move program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Overland Elementary School, Los Angeles, California
July 31, 2013

See how Overland in Motion keeps kids active at Overland Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
July 31, 2013

Learn about the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) "whole student" approach to wellness.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Meadowview Elementary, Farmington, Minnesota
July 31, 2013

See how Meadowview Elementary students stay active with the Running Club and the Century Club.

Research
Science-Based Statement on Dietary Needs, Physical Activity Recommendations and Energy Balance for Children during Out-Of-School-Time Activities
July 31, 2013

This paper provides an overview of current research on the nutritional and physical activity requirements and behaviors of children and adolescents, and thus the scientific basis for the Healthy Kids Out of School initiative's three guiding principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart.
 

Research
Shape Up Somerville two-year results: A community-based environmental change intervention sustains weight reduction in children
June 9, 2013

This paper, published in Preventive Medicine and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the second year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Presentation
Perceptions about meals eaten at restaurants in a nationally representative sample of US children
May 31, 2013

Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in Ghent, Belgium, May 2013. The main aims of the poster were to examine perceptions of restaurant side dishes that are healthier (fruit, vegetable) and less healthy (French fries), in a nationally representative sample of 8-to-18-year-old children.

Research
Children's perceptions of weight, obesity, nutrition, physical activity and related health and socio-behavioural factors.
November 16, 2012

Approximately one-third of children in the US are either overweight or obese. Understanding the perceptions of children is an important factor in reversing this trend. An online survey was conducted with children to capture their perceptions of weight, overweight, nutrition, physical activity and related socio-behavioural factors. This paper, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, discusses the results. See abstract.

Presentation
Healthy Kids Out of School Poster: Presented at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation Conference
May 7, 2012

Healthy Kids Out of School presented a poster describing activities to date at the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington DC on May 7, 2012.

Research
Shaping up Somerville: A community initiative in Massachusetts
January 15, 2010

Published in Preventive Medicine, this commentary by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos and Joe Curtatone, mayor of the City of Somerville, MA, describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to address childhood obesity.

Research
As Child Obesity Surges, One Town Finds Way to Slim
May 10, 2007

This Wall Street Journal piece by Tara Parker-Pope describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity, citing research co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos.

Research
A Community Intervention Reduces BMI z-score in Children: Shape Up Somerville First Year Results
May 1, 2007

This paper, published in Obesity and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the first year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Epidemic

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Audio
The Parenting Hour
November 14, 2016

ChildObesity180's Erin Hennessy appeared on The Parenting Hour on KUCI 88.9FM in November 2016 to talk about ChildObesity180's approach to addressing childhood obesity.

Research
Report Finds Childhood Obesity on the Rise: Does Your Kid Have a Healthy Weight?
September 18, 2015

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research. But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Research
Boston Globe: As we make strides against childhood obesity, we must not let up in our effort
October 30, 2013

ChildObesity180 vice-chair and director Dr. Christina Economos authored a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, emphasizing the importance of staying the course in our efforts to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Read the letter.

Research
Bloomberg: The Practical Way to Fight Childhood Obesity
September 17, 2013

This piece by Peter Orszag, published by Bloomberg, features ChildObesity180 as one of several "new organizations fighting obesity [that] offer larger lessons for national policy." Read the article.

Research
Shape Up Somerville two-year results: A community-based environmental change intervention sustains weight reduction in children
June 9, 2013

This paper, published in Preventive Medicine and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the second year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Research
Shaping up Somerville: A community initiative in Massachusetts
January 15, 2010

Published in Preventive Medicine, this commentary by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos and Joe Curtatone, mayor of the City of Somerville, MA, describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to address childhood obesity.

Research
As Child Obesity Surges, One Town Finds Way to Slim
May 10, 2007

This Wall Street Journal piece by Tara Parker-Pope describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity, citing research co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos.

Research
A Community Intervention Reduces BMI z-score in Children: Shape Up Somerville First Year Results
May 1, 2007

This paper, published in Obesity and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the first year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Initiatives

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News
The Race for Health: U.S. Schoolkids Walk and Run 50 Million Miles
December 19, 2016

Billion Mile Race Awards Schools Grants for Community Running Events

(December 19, 2016) BOSTON, MA – American kids are more motivated than ever to get on their feet, and it’s not because of Pokémon GO. More than 1.9 million students across the country have accepted the challenge to walk and run a collective one billion miles in an effort to reverse the alarming growth in obesity rates, which have quadrupled in children ages 6 – 11 since 1980.

ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition created the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race – a program that’s fun for kids, free for schools, and foundational for instilling healthy habits. The Race gives teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents the tools they need to start an in-school walking or running program, which can be personalized to fit each school’s needs and current activities. The Race’s website lets schools set goals, log miles, and track their progress against other schools’ in this national movement. Since the fall of 2015, more than 1.9 million students at nearly 7,200 schools across the country have logged over 50 million miles.

“In order to reverse the child obesity trend, we need to create a culture where physical activity and healthy eating is an automatic part of every kid’s day,” said Dr. Christina Economos, PhD, vice chair and director of ChildObesity180. “We have a rich opportunity to meet kids where they are, harness the collaborative spirit of the school, and engage children in making healthy decisions.”

This fall, ten schools across the country hosted a race, walk-a-thon, or Fun Run event to complement their regular walking and running programs, thanks to a grant from Billion Mile Race. The winning schools were:

•    Baker Middle School in Corpus Christi, TX
•    Baldy Mesa Elementary School in Phelan, CA
•    Brandywine Elementary School in Alpharetta, GA
•    Erin School in Hartford, WI
•    Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia, PA
•    Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Indio, CA
•    Nova Eisenhower in Davie, FL
•    P.S. 195 in Bronx, NY
•    Rodriguez Elementary School in Austin, TX
•    Van Wert Elementary School in Van Wert, OH

Billion Mile Race has awarded over 230 grants to schools, including 50 Fun Run grants. Schools can join the Billion Mile Race at www.billionmilerace.org.

About ChildObesity180:  Aiming for a “180” on Childhood Obesity
Based at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, our premise is unique:  Top national leaders from the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors committed to developing, measuring, and implementing evidence-based solutions to reverse the alarming epidemic of childhood obesity in America. For more information, visit www.ChildObesity180.org.

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Research
ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals
November 22, 2016

The ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals include the broad goals of each initiative, followed by the evidence and recommendations that guide and inform our work.

Audio
The Parenting Hour
November 14, 2016

ChildObesity180's Erin Hennessy appeared on The Parenting Hour on KUCI 88.9FM in November 2016 to talk about ChildObesity180's approach to addressing childhood obesity.

Research
Healthy Kids, Healthy Business: New Children’s Menu a Success at Regional Restaurant Chain
May 18, 2016

What happened when a restaurant chain made healthful options more plentiful and prominent on its children’s menu? Making the business case for improving the nutritional quality of kids' menu offerings. 

Infographic
Shaking Up the Kids' Menu
June 16, 2015

Twitter icon

Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Why does it seem like every kids' menu has the same old options? This infographic, designed especially for kids, explains what happened when one restaurant decided to shake things up. Download the infographic.

Infographic
What Happens When a Restaurant Offers Healthier Meals for Kids?
April 29, 2015

Twitter icon

Our infographic looks at the changes that resulted when the Silver Diner, a full-service regional restaurant chain, made healthy changes to its kids' menu in 2012. Download the infographic

Video
Healthy Kids Out of School: Stories from the Field
May 20, 2014

The Notah Begay III Foundation and Boy Scouts of America are among eleven out-of-school-time organizations that have partnered with Healthy Kids Out of School to implement three principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart. We visited an NB3 soccer program in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, and a Boy Scout summer camp in Kingston, MA to see how these programs are encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

Research
Parent Perspectives on Nutrition and Physical Activity During Out-of-School Time
November 9, 2013

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve a large, diverse population of children, including those at increased obesity risk. In this study, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, parents' perspectives about nutrition and physical activity (PA) during OST were assessed. Access the article.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Corona-Norco Unified School District, Corona, California
July 31, 2013

Students in the Corona-Norco Unified School District stay active with the 100 Mile Club, a school-based running and walking program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Natick Public Schools, Natick, Massachusetts
July 31, 2013

Students in Natick Public Schools stay active with BOKS, a before-school physical activity program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida
July 31, 2013

Miami-Dade County Public Schools are using technology to keep kids active.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Red Hawk Elementary Schools, Erie, Colorado
July 31, 2013

See how Red Hawk Elementary students stay active daily with a rotating "movement calendar."

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head, South Carolina
July 31, 2013

Watch how the Strength Summed Up Team keeps children active before-school.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - CHALK/Just Move, New York, New York
July 31, 2013

Learn how children in New York City meet the state standard of 120 minutes of physical activity per week with the CHALK/Just Move program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Overland Elementary School, Los Angeles, California
July 31, 2013

See how Overland in Motion keeps kids active at Overland Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
July 31, 2013

Learn about the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) "whole student" approach to wellness.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Meadowview Elementary, Farmington, Minnesota
July 31, 2013

See how Meadowview Elementary students stay active with the Running Club and the Century Club.

Research
Science-Based Statement on Dietary Needs, Physical Activity Recommendations and Energy Balance for Children during Out-Of-School-Time Activities
July 31, 2013

This paper provides an overview of current research on the nutritional and physical activity requirements and behaviors of children and adolescents, and thus the scientific basis for the Healthy Kids Out of School initiative's three guiding principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart.
 

Presentation
Perceptions about meals eaten at restaurants in a nationally representative sample of US children
May 31, 2013

Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in Ghent, Belgium, May 2013. The main aims of the poster were to examine perceptions of restaurant side dishes that are healthier (fruit, vegetable) and less healthy (French fries), in a nationally representative sample of 8-to-18-year-old children.

Presentation
Healthy Kids Out of School Poster: Presented at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation Conference
May 7, 2012

Healthy Kids Out of School presented a poster describing activities to date at the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington DC on May 7, 2012.

People

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Audio
The Parenting Hour
November 14, 2016

ChildObesity180's Erin Hennessy appeared on The Parenting Hour on KUCI 88.9FM in November 2016 to talk about ChildObesity180's approach to addressing childhood obesity.

Research

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National survey finds most parents unaware of how many calories children should eat in restaurants
April 28, 2017

Findings highlight need for communication efforts to accompany calorie-labeling on menus

(April 28, 2017) BOSTON, MA -- In anticipation of menu labeling requirements, many large restaurant chains across the United States have posted calorie counts on their menus. This is an important step in providing parents with information to make healthy choices for their children when eating out, but, according to a new study, it may not be sufficient context on its own. This new study published today in Public Health Nutrition reveals that parents overwhelmingly under- or overestimate how many calories to feed their children, and those who made accurate estimates were not confident in their answers.

Researchers led by Dr. Christina Economos, conducted an online survey of about 1,200 parents of 5-to-12-year-olds in July 2014. Parents were asked to estimate the number of calories recommended for a child’s restaurant meal (including an entree, side dish, and drink), and to rate how confident they were in their response.

The accurate response range was 400-600 calories, while parents responded as follows:

  • 35 percent answered in the accurate range
  • 33 percent underestimated the number of recommended calories (<400)
  • 32 percent overestimated the number of recommended calories (>600)

Only 26 percent of parents were confident in their answers, and just 10 percent were both accurate and confident.

“Parents are the greatest influencers of their children’s eating habits. We want to help them understand that they can make simple changes in their ordering patterns to keep children’s meals within the recommended caloric range and encourage healthy habits overall,” said Christina Economos, Ph.D., director of ChildObesity180 and professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. “What we’ve seen in this study suggests that parents may not yet have the necessary context to put calorie information to good use, so it will be important to couple this information with additional outreach to parents.”

The survey also explored whether calorie awareness was associated with parents’ socio-demographic characteristics, such as income, and frequency of eating restaurant food.  Parents who dined frequently at restaurants with their children, had lower incomes, or lived in urban areas had lower odds of answering correctly. Higher confidence was reported by those who dined frequently at restaurants with their children despite lower accuracy of their responses.

These findings highlight the need for public health efforts to go beyond the numbers in helping parents make informed choices in restaurants. Last fall, ChildObesity180 piloted You're the Mom, a public health campaign that educates and empowers moms to choose healthier options for their children when ordering at quick-service restaurants. Advocating for simple swaps like choosing water over soda, You’re the Mom celebrates mothers for the important role they play in their family and community. The campaign includes a digital resource hub at www.YoureTheMom.org.

Support for this research was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The JPB Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.

About ChildObesity180:  Aiming for a “180” on Childhood Obesity
Based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, our premise is unique:  Top national leaders from the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors committed to developing, measuring, and implementing evidence-based solutions to reverse the alarming epidemic of childhood obesity in America. For more information, visit www.ChildObesity180.org.

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Research
ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals
November 22, 2016

The ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals include the broad goals of each initiative, followed by the evidence and recommendations that guide and inform our work.

Research
Healthy Kids, Healthy Business: New Children’s Menu a Success at Regional Restaurant Chain
May 18, 2016

What happened when a restaurant chain made healthful options more plentiful and prominent on its children’s menu? Making the business case for improving the nutritional quality of kids' menu offerings. 

Research
Report Finds Childhood Obesity on the Rise: Does Your Kid Have a Healthy Weight?
September 18, 2015

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research. But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Infographic
Shaking Up the Kids' Menu
June 16, 2015

Twitter icon

Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Why does it seem like every kids' menu has the same old options? This infographic, designed especially for kids, explains what happened when one restaurant decided to shake things up. Download the infographic.

Infographic
What Happens When a Restaurant Offers Healthier Meals for Kids?
April 29, 2015

Twitter icon

Our infographic looks at the changes that resulted when the Silver Diner, a full-service regional restaurant chain, made healthy changes to its kids' menu in 2012. Download the infographic

Research
Parent Perspectives on Nutrition and Physical Activity During Out-of-School Time
November 9, 2013

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve a large, diverse population of children, including those at increased obesity risk. In this study, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, parents' perspectives about nutrition and physical activity (PA) during OST were assessed. Access the article.

Research
Science-Based Statement on Dietary Needs, Physical Activity Recommendations and Energy Balance for Children during Out-Of-School-Time Activities
July 31, 2013

This paper provides an overview of current research on the nutritional and physical activity requirements and behaviors of children and adolescents, and thus the scientific basis for the Healthy Kids Out of School initiative's three guiding principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart.
 

Research
Shape Up Somerville two-year results: A community-based environmental change intervention sustains weight reduction in children
June 9, 2013

This paper, published in Preventive Medicine and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the second year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Presentation
Perceptions about meals eaten at restaurants in a nationally representative sample of US children
May 31, 2013

Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in Ghent, Belgium, May 2013. The main aims of the poster were to examine perceptions of restaurant side dishes that are healthier (fruit, vegetable) and less healthy (French fries), in a nationally representative sample of 8-to-18-year-old children.

Research
Children's perceptions of weight, obesity, nutrition, physical activity and related health and socio-behavioural factors.
November 16, 2012

Approximately one-third of children in the US are either overweight or obese. Understanding the perceptions of children is an important factor in reversing this trend. An online survey was conducted with children to capture their perceptions of weight, overweight, nutrition, physical activity and related socio-behavioural factors. This paper, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, discusses the results. See abstract.

Presentation
Healthy Kids Out of School Poster: Presented at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation Conference
May 7, 2012

Healthy Kids Out of School presented a poster describing activities to date at the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington DC on May 7, 2012.

Research
Shaping up Somerville: A community initiative in Massachusetts
January 15, 2010

Published in Preventive Medicine, this commentary by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos and Joe Curtatone, mayor of the City of Somerville, MA, describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to address childhood obesity.

Research
A Community Intervention Reduces BMI z-score in Children: Shape Up Somerville First Year Results
May 1, 2007

This paper, published in Obesity and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the first year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Success Stories

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News
The Race for Health: U.S. Schoolkids Walk and Run 50 Million Miles
December 19, 2016

Billion Mile Race Awards Schools Grants for Community Running Events

(December 19, 2016) BOSTON, MA – American kids are more motivated than ever to get on their feet, and it’s not because of Pokémon GO. More than 1.9 million students across the country have accepted the challenge to walk and run a collective one billion miles in an effort to reverse the alarming growth in obesity rates, which have quadrupled in children ages 6 – 11 since 1980.

ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition created the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race – a program that’s fun for kids, free for schools, and foundational for instilling healthy habits. The Race gives teachers, coaches, administrators, and parents the tools they need to start an in-school walking or running program, which can be personalized to fit each school’s needs and current activities. The Race’s website lets schools set goals, log miles, and track their progress against other schools’ in this national movement. Since the fall of 2015, more than 1.9 million students at nearly 7,200 schools across the country have logged over 50 million miles.

“In order to reverse the child obesity trend, we need to create a culture where physical activity and healthy eating is an automatic part of every kid’s day,” said Dr. Christina Economos, PhD, vice chair and director of ChildObesity180. “We have a rich opportunity to meet kids where they are, harness the collaborative spirit of the school, and engage children in making healthy decisions.”

This fall, ten schools across the country hosted a race, walk-a-thon, or Fun Run event to complement their regular walking and running programs, thanks to a grant from Billion Mile Race. The winning schools were:

•    Baker Middle School in Corpus Christi, TX
•    Baldy Mesa Elementary School in Phelan, CA
•    Brandywine Elementary School in Alpharetta, GA
•    Erin School in Hartford, WI
•    Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia, PA
•    Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Indio, CA
•    Nova Eisenhower in Davie, FL
•    P.S. 195 in Bronx, NY
•    Rodriguez Elementary School in Austin, TX
•    Van Wert Elementary School in Van Wert, OH

Billion Mile Race has awarded over 230 grants to schools, including 50 Fun Run grants. Schools can join the Billion Mile Race at www.billionmilerace.org.

About ChildObesity180:  Aiming for a “180” on Childhood Obesity
Based at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, our premise is unique:  Top national leaders from the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors committed to developing, measuring, and implementing evidence-based solutions to reverse the alarming epidemic of childhood obesity in America. For more information, visit www.ChildObesity180.org.

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Research
Healthy Kids, Healthy Business: New Children’s Menu a Success at Regional Restaurant Chain
May 18, 2016

What happened when a restaurant chain made healthful options more plentiful and prominent on its children’s menu? Making the business case for improving the nutritional quality of kids' menu offerings. 

Infographic
Shaking Up the Kids' Menu
June 16, 2015

Twitter icon

Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Why does it seem like every kids' menu has the same old options? This infographic, designed especially for kids, explains what happened when one restaurant decided to shake things up. Download the infographic.

Infographic
What Happens When a Restaurant Offers Healthier Meals for Kids?
April 29, 2015

Twitter icon

Our infographic looks at the changes that resulted when the Silver Diner, a full-service regional restaurant chain, made healthy changes to its kids' menu in 2012. Download the infographic

Video
Healthy Kids Out of School: Stories from the Field
May 20, 2014

The Notah Begay III Foundation and Boy Scouts of America are among eleven out-of-school-time organizations that have partnered with Healthy Kids Out of School to implement three principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart. We visited an NB3 soccer program in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, and a Boy Scout summer camp in Kingston, MA to see how these programs are encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

Research
Bloomberg: The Practical Way to Fight Childhood Obesity
September 17, 2013

This piece by Peter Orszag, published by Bloomberg, features ChildObesity180 as one of several "new organizations fighting obesity [that] offer larger lessons for national policy." Read the article.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Corona-Norco Unified School District, Corona, California
July 31, 2013

Students in the Corona-Norco Unified School District stay active with the 100 Mile Club, a school-based running and walking program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Natick Public Schools, Natick, Massachusetts
July 31, 2013

Students in Natick Public Schools stay active with BOKS, a before-school physical activity program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida
July 31, 2013

Miami-Dade County Public Schools are using technology to keep kids active.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Red Hawk Elementary Schools, Erie, Colorado
July 31, 2013

See how Red Hawk Elementary students stay active daily with a rotating "movement calendar."

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head, South Carolina
July 31, 2013

Watch how the Strength Summed Up Team keeps children active before-school.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - CHALK/Just Move, New York, New York
July 31, 2013

Learn how children in New York City meet the state standard of 120 minutes of physical activity per week with the CHALK/Just Move program.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Overland Elementary School, Los Angeles, California
July 31, 2013

See how Overland in Motion keeps kids active at Overland Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
July 31, 2013

Learn about the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) "whole student" approach to wellness.

Video
ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Meadowview Elementary, Farmington, Minnesota
July 31, 2013

See how Meadowview Elementary students stay active with the Running Club and the Century Club.

Research
Shape Up Somerville two-year results: A community-based environmental change intervention sustains weight reduction in children
June 9, 2013

This paper, published in Preventive Medicine and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the second year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

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Shaping up Somerville: A community initiative in Massachusetts
January 15, 2010

Published in Preventive Medicine, this commentary by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos and Joe Curtatone, mayor of the City of Somerville, MA, describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to address childhood obesity.

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As Child Obesity Surges, One Town Finds Way to Slim
May 10, 2007

This Wall Street Journal piece by Tara Parker-Pope describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity, citing research co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos.

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A Community Intervention Reduces BMI z-score in Children: Shape Up Somerville First Year Results
May 1, 2007

This paper, published in Obesity and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the first year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Research/Documents

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ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals
November 22, 2016

The ChildObesity180 Nutrition and Physical Activity Goals include the broad goals of each initiative, followed by the evidence and recommendations that guide and inform our work.

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Business: New Children’s Menu a Success at Regional Restaurant Chain
May 18, 2016

What happened when a restaurant chain made healthful options more plentiful and prominent on its children’s menu? Making the business case for improving the nutritional quality of kids' menu offerings. 

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ChildObesity180 Overview
February 14, 2016

ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School is a national leader in childhood obesity prevention, blending scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale high-impact initiatives that will reach 80% of children ages 5-12 in the US, being intentional and strategic to reach those children disproportionately affected by obesity. This document provides an overview of our unique approach and our impact.

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Report Finds Childhood Obesity on the Rise: Does Your Kid Have a Healthy Weight?
September 18, 2015

Are your kids overweight or just about right? If you think they’re about right, you’re like most parents in the United States, according to research. But a lot of parents are wrong, and you might be, too. About 17 percent of kids and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese, up from 5 percent in 1974, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Parent Perspectives on Nutrition and Physical Activity During Out-of-School Time
November 9, 2013

Out-of-school time (OST) programs serve a large, diverse population of children, including those at increased obesity risk. In this study, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, parents' perspectives about nutrition and physical activity (PA) during OST were assessed. Access the article.

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Boston Globe: As we make strides against childhood obesity, we must not let up in our effort
October 30, 2013

ChildObesity180 vice-chair and director Dr. Christina Economos authored a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, emphasizing the importance of staying the course in our efforts to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. Read the letter.

Research
Bloomberg: The Practical Way to Fight Childhood Obesity
September 17, 2013

This piece by Peter Orszag, published by Bloomberg, features ChildObesity180 as one of several "new organizations fighting obesity [that] offer larger lessons for national policy." Read the article.

Research
Science-Based Statement on Dietary Needs, Physical Activity Recommendations and Energy Balance for Children during Out-Of-School-Time Activities
July 31, 2013

This paper provides an overview of current research on the nutritional and physical activity requirements and behaviors of children and adolescents, and thus the scientific basis for the Healthy Kids Out of School initiative's three guiding principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart.
 

Research
Shape Up Somerville two-year results: A community-based environmental change intervention sustains weight reduction in children
June 9, 2013

This paper, published in Preventive Medicine and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the second year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Research
Children's perceptions of weight, obesity, nutrition, physical activity and related health and socio-behavioural factors.
November 16, 2012

Approximately one-third of children in the US are either overweight or obese. Understanding the perceptions of children is an important factor in reversing this trend. An online survey was conducted with children to capture their perceptions of weight, overweight, nutrition, physical activity and related socio-behavioural factors. This paper, based on research conducted by ChildObesity180, discusses the results. See abstract.

Research
Shaping up Somerville: A community initiative in Massachusetts
January 15, 2010

Published in Preventive Medicine, this commentary by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos and Joe Curtatone, mayor of the City of Somerville, MA, describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to address childhood obesity.

Research
As Child Obesity Surges, One Town Finds Way to Slim
May 10, 2007

This Wall Street Journal piece by Tara Parker-Pope describes the success of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity, citing research co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos.

Research
A Community Intervention Reduces BMI z-score in Children: Shape Up Somerville First Year Results
May 1, 2007

This paper, published in Obesity and co-authored by ChildObesity180 director Dr. Christina Economos, describes results of the first year of Shape Up Somerville, a community-based initiative to reduce childhood obesity.

Presentations

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Perceptions about meals eaten at restaurants in a nationally representative sample of US children
May 31, 2013

Poster presented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity in Ghent, Belgium, May 2013. The main aims of the poster were to examine perceptions of restaurant side dishes that are healthier (fruit, vegetable) and less healthy (French fries), in a nationally representative sample of 8-to-18-year-old children.

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Healthy Kids Out of School Poster: Presented at the CDC’s Weight of the Nation Conference
May 7, 2012

Healthy Kids Out of School presented a poster describing activities to date at the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington DC on May 7, 2012.

Videos

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Healthy Kids Out of School: Stories from the Field
May 20, 2014

The Notah Begay III Foundation and Boy Scouts of America are among eleven out-of-school-time organizations that have partnered with Healthy Kids Out of School to implement three principles: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart. We visited an NB3 soccer program in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM, and a Boy Scout summer camp in Kingston, MA to see how these programs are encouraging healthy eating and physical activity.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Corona-Norco Unified School District, Corona, California
July 31, 2013

Students in the Corona-Norco Unified School District stay active with the 100 Mile Club, a school-based running and walking program.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Natick Public Schools, Natick, Massachusetts
July 31, 2013

Students in Natick Public Schools stay active with BOKS, a before-school physical activity program.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida
July 31, 2013

Miami-Dade County Public Schools are using technology to keep kids active.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Red Hawk Elementary Schools, Erie, Colorado
July 31, 2013

See how Red Hawk Elementary students stay active daily with a rotating "movement calendar."

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head, South Carolina
July 31, 2013

Watch how the Strength Summed Up Team keeps children active before-school.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - CHALK/Just Move, New York, New York
July 31, 2013

Learn how children in New York City meet the state standard of 120 minutes of physical activity per week with the CHALK/Just Move program.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Overland Elementary School, Los Angeles, California
July 31, 2013

See how Overland in Motion keeps kids active at Overland Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
July 31, 2013

Learn about the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) "whole student" approach to wellness.

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ASAP Innovation Competition Winner - Meadowview Elementary, Farmington, Minnesota
July 31, 2013

See how Meadowview Elementary students stay active with the Running Club and the Century Club.

Infographics

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Shaking Up the Kids' Menu
June 16, 2015

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Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Why does it seem like every kids' menu has the same old options? This infographic, designed especially for kids, explains what happened when one restaurant decided to shake things up. Download the infographic.

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What Happens When a Restaurant Offers Healthier Meals for Kids?
April 29, 2015

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Our infographic looks at the changes that resulted when the Silver Diner, a full-service regional restaurant chain, made healthy changes to its kids' menu in 2012. Download the infographic