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Welcome to the Healthy Communities Study!

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The Healthy Communities Study (HCS) is an important five-year study that looks at how characteristics of programs and policies in communities across the United States are related to children's eating, physical activity behaviors, and their health. This large study includes over 120 communities and about 5,000 families. The HCS collects information from families on their children's eating habits and physical activities; from health care providers on children's health histories; from schools on their food and physical activity environments; and, from community leaders on local programs and policies. Findings from this study will help inform community leaders about what aspects of programs and policies may help children's health.

Who Is Doing The Study?

Battelle Memorial Institute is carrying out the study together with a research team from the University of South Carolina, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Kansas, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, and Examination Management Services, Inc.

The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health under the leadership of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; other funders include the National Cancer Institute, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are also partners in this study.

Last Updated April 2014

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