West Virginia University PRC researchers found that promoting physical activity within the Not on Tobacco program, an evidence-based teen smoking cessation program, may increase participants smoking cessation. See “Effects of Physical Activity on Teen Smoking Cessation,” published online September 19, 2011, in Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
PRC Child Health Expert Calls for Worldwide Strategy to Stop Obesity Epidemic
In the August 27, 2011 issue of The Lancet, Steven Gortmaker, Director of the Harvard University PRC, and colleagues describe a system approach to obesity prevention for the world. See abstract of article “Changing the future of obesity: science, policy, and action” (through PubMed).
PRC Steering Committee Publishes Editorial
Writing on behalf of the PRC Steering Committee, four PRC representatives highlight the value of the PRC Program. See “CDC’s Prevention Research Centers Program: Translating Research into Action with Communities” in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of Primary Prevention.
PRCs Report Research in September 2011 Issue of Preventing Chronic Disease:
- Lessons Learned from Arkansas’ Statewide Policy Aimed at Reducing and Preventing Childhood Obesity
Based on evaluation of the 2003 Arkansas Act 1220, researchers at the University of Arkansas PRC and colleagues suggest that states considering a similar population-based approach to preventing and reducing childhood obesity should address concerns over individual rights versus public policy during policy development. See “Public Policy Versus Individual Rights in Childhood Obesity Interventions: Perspectives From the Arkansas Experience With Act 1220 of 2003.”
- VERB Summer Scorecard Program May Encourage Physical Activity Among Youth
University of South Florida PRC researchers report that the VERB Summer Scorecard Program increased self reported vigorous physical activity among Lexington, Kentucky, youth aged 9 to 13 from 2004–2007. See “Vigorous Physical Activity Among Tweens, VERB Summer Scorecard Program, Lexington, Kentucky, 2004-2007.”
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