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Dr. Barbara Baquero

Drs. Barbara Baquero (pictured) & Natoshia Askelson, Co- Investigators, University of Iowa PRC

Q: Can you tell us about Active Ottumwa and how this project helps community members be more physically active?

A: Ottumwa community members and the University of Iowa PRC used the latest research to design this project. Active Ottumwa works with volunteer community members who are trained to be Physical Activity Leaders (PALs). They guide and support adults to be more physically active. Active Ottumwa is for everyone in Ottumwa and is fun and free. So far, PALS have led over 800 activity groups. Community members can pick the activities, times, and locations that work for them. Learn more about Active Ottumwa and the University of Iowa, PRC.external icon


a piece of paper with colon cancer and a heart shaped paper next to it.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It is the third most common cancer in men and in women. Researchers from five CDC-funded academic institutions, known as Prevention Research Centers (PRC), are tackling the problem head-on. In communities experiencing health disparities from rural Appalachia to San Francisco, studies are underway to prevent colon cancer by increasing screenings for the disease.

At the University of Kentucky PRC external iconresearchers are encouraging the widespread use of mail-in screening kits. Learn more about research other PRCs are conducting.


Family of four at dinner table eating healthy fruits and vegetables

A network of five CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRC) are testing programs and policies to improve access to healthy foods in low-income communities. The University of California, San Francisco PRCexternal icon, for example, is working with on-site staff at food panties and food banks to develop and evaluate tools that measure their customers’ intake of healthy foods.

The Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN)external icon works together to build evidence for healthier food and beverage policies aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as obesity.

Learn more about the research NOPREN PRCs external iconare conducting.

  • Johns Hopkins University PRC—external iconResearches the expansion of the Baltimore low-income food environment model, which assesses how children 10- to 14-years interact with their food environments including at schools, recreation centers, and food outlets.
  • University of New Mexico, PRC—external iconHelps to prevent childhood obesity in primarily Hispanic and American Indian communities, the University of New Mexico, PRC is evaluating healthier food and beverage policies in early childcare and education settings.