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Applied Research Networks

Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Project 2.0

Almost 12 million children in the United States are living with obesity, and obesity is more common in low-income families. This is a serious public health concern for our nation. Children with obesity are at risk for poorer health, stigmatization, and bullying. With fewer resources, low-income families may have a harder time getting their children the health screenings and weight management support they need.

CORD 2.0 is an expansion of CDC’s Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Project funded in 2011. CORD 2.0 funds two grantees to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors of low-income children such as those eligible or enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) who are struggling with childhood overweight or obesity. CORD 2.0 will increase obesity screening and counseling services for eligible children in the selected communities, and refer them to local pediatric weight management programs.

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Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN)

NOPREN is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers program. Its mission is to conduct transdisciplinary nutrition- and obesity-related policy research and evaluation along a policy change continuum.

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Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) in October of 2004 to study the effectiveness of health policies related to increasing physical activity in communities. The PAPRN was established as a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC) program, with funding from the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at CDC. The formally established network consists of four PRC member centers, one coordinating/member and CDC technical advisors. Several other PRCs have joined the network as affiliate member centers.

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National Collaborative for Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)

NCCOR is a collaboration among the CDC, the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the USDA to address the problem of childhood obesity in America. These four organizations work in tandem to manage projects, combine funding, and share insights and expertise to strengthen research. A special emphasis is put on the populations and communities at highest risk for obesity: African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and children living in low-income communities.

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