Current Work

ChildObesity180’s work includes projects and initiatives across the lifespan, addressing the complex drivers of childhood obesity at all stages of life and in the places and spaces where children and adolescents live, learn, and play. In addition, our research seeks to identify, develop, and apply innovative tools and methods to better understand and address the complex factors that influence children’s health and well being.

Evaluating Physical Activity in School-Based Programs

This study is evaluating physical activity programs in Boston public schools, advancing understanding of whether such programs reach children equitably as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced programs’ reach, effectiveness, and implementation practices.

Healthy Ways Replication

ChildObesity180 is partnering with the Harlem Children’s Zone to replicate Healthy Ways, a program empowering youth, families, and the broader community to adopt lifelong, healthy habits.

Supporting Physical Literacy at School and Home (SPLASH)

This study aims to develop and evaluate, in collaboration with NY Road Runners, a physical literacy intervention reaching elementary-aged children at school and home. It includes qualitative research with parents to inform the design of the family intervention and evaluation of the multi-level (school + home) program.

You’re the Mom

You’re the Mom is a social media campaign that empowers moms to take small steps to make healthy eating fun and easy for their kids. Originally piloted as a consumer demand campaign in 2016, this new iteration expands the campaign’s original focus on quick serve restaurants to include foods purchased in stores and served at home.