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Informing legislators and policymakers to ensure policies that promote and support healthy living are developed and implemented.

Texas Legislator Survey: Lessons Learned from Interviewing State Politicians about Obesity Policies

(Nichols D, Dowdy D, Atteberry H, Menendez T, Hoelscher DM; Texas Public Health Journal; 2017)


U.S. Military Service and the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome: Findings from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

(Janak JC, Pérez A, Alamgir H, Orman JA, Cooper SP, Shuval K, DeFina L, Barlow CE, Gabriel KP; Preventative Medicine; 2016)


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Advancing Health Equity in the Health Insurance Marketplace: results from California’s Marketplace Health Equity Assessment Tool

Using a new assessment protocol, this report uses qualitative and quantitative data and information to document the progress of Covered California, the state’s marketplace, in reaching and enrolling people of color and LGBTQ residents.


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In the Wake of the Affordable Care Act: Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Health Care Access

This research uses a community based participatory model to create a survey on the health care access experiences and challenges of newly insured and remaining uninsured living in South Sacramento CA.


Evaluating the influence of the revised special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC) food allocation package on healthy food availability, accessibility, and affordability in Texas

(Lu W, McKyer EL, Dowdy D, Evans A, Ory M, Hoelscher DM, Wang S, Miao J; Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2016)


An international perspective on the nexus of physical activity research and policy

(Pratt M, Salvo D, Cavill N, Giles-Corti B, McCue P, Reis RS, Juaregui A, Foster C; Environment and Behavior; 2016)


A Contextual Look at Safe Routes to School Implementation in Texas

(Atteberry H, Dowdy D, Oluyomi A, Nichols D, Ory MG, & Hoelscher DM; Environment & Behavior; 2016)


Effects of Funding Allocation for Safe Routes to School Programs on Active Commuting to School and Related Behavioral, Knowledge, and Psychosocial Outcomes: Results From the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) Study

(Hoelscher DM, Ory MG, Dowdy D, Miao J, Atteberry H, Nichols D, Evans A, Menendez T, Lee C, & Wang S; Environment & Behavior; 2016)


Moderating effects of age, gender and education on the associations of perceived neighborhood environment attributes with accelerometer-based physical activity: The IPEN adult study

(Van Dyck D, Cerin E, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Salvo D, Christiansen LB, MacFarlane D, Owen N, Mitas J, Troelsen J, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Davey R, Reis RS, Sarmiento OL, Schofield G, Conway TL, Sallis JF; Health & Place; 2015)


Active Commuting to School in Mexican Adolescents: Evidence From the Mexican National Nutrition and Health Survey

(Jáuregui A, Medina C, Salvo D, Barquera S, Rivera-Dommarco JA; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2015)


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The Science of Childhood Obesity: An Individual to Societal Framework

UTHealth researchers published eight new articles, including an introduction from the regional dean, as part of a special obesity issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The issue provides insights into how to solve the child obesity epidemic and close the gap in our current understanding of its causes.


The association between state bans on soda only and adolescent substitution with other sugar-sweetened beverages: A cross-sectional study

(Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Vuillaume R, Kelder SH, Chaloupka FJ; The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)


The science of childhood obesity: an individual to societal framework

Researchers from the MSD Center published the eight articles in this special issue from the International Journal of Behavioral Science and Physical Activity. The supplement provides insights into how to solve the child obesity epidemic and close the gap in our current understanding of its causes.


Increasing access to healthful foods: A qualitative study with residents of low-income communities

(Evans A, Banks K, Jennings R, Nehme E, Nemec C, Sharma S, Hussaini A, Yaroch A; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)


International study of perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes and Body Mass Index: IPEN Adult study in 12 countries

(De Bourdeaudhuij I, Van Dyck D, Salvo D, Davey R, Reis RS, Schofield G, Sarmiento OL, Mitas J, Christiansen LB, MacFarlane D, Sugiyama T, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Owen N, Conway TL, Sallis JF, Cerin E; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)


Adolescents' awareness and use of menu labels in eating establishments: Results from a focus group study

(Evans AE, Weiss SR, Meath KJ, Chow S, Vandewater EA, Ness RB; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; 2015)


Intensity-specific leisure-time physical activity and the built environment among Brazilian adults: A best-fit model

(Salvo D, Reis RS, Hino AA, Hallal PC, Pratt M; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2015)


Perceived neighborhood environmental attributes associated with adults’ walking and cycling for transport: Findings from 17 cities in 12 countries

(Kerr J, Emond JA, Badland H, Reis R, Sarmiento O, Carlson J, Sallis JF, Cerin E, Cain K, Conway T, Schofield G, Macfarlane DJ, Christiansen LB, Van Dyck D, Davey R, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Salvo D, Sugiyama T, Owen N, Mitáš J, Natarajan L; Environmental Health Perspectives; 2015)


How state taxes and policies targeting soda consumption modify the association between school vending machines and student dietary behaviors: a cross-sectional analysis

(Taber DR, Chiriqui JF, Vuillaume R, Chaloupka FJ; PLOS ONE; 2014)


Parental safety concerns and active school commute: correlates across multiple domains in the home-to-school journey

(Oluyomi AO, Lee C, Nehme E, Dowdy D, Ory MG, Hoelscher DM; Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act; 2014)


Participation in vigorous sports, not moderate sports, is positively associated with cardiorespiratory fitness among adolescent girls

(Taber DR, Pratt CA, Charneco EY, Phillips JA, Dowda M, Going SB; Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014)


Creating a tipping point: Texas obesity policy actions in review, 2000-2010

(Ory MG, Nichols D, Dickerson JB, Madsen KK, Dowdy D, Menendez T, Hoelscher DM; Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 2013)


T-COPPE School Environment Audit Tool: Assessing safety and walkability of school environments

(Lee CD, Ory MG, HyungJin, Dowdy D, Hoelscher DM; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2013)


Association between district and state policies and US public elementary school competitive food and beverage environments

(Chriqui JF, Turner L, Taber DR, Chaloupka FJ; JAMA Pediatrics; 2013)


Identifying state-level policy and provision domains for physical education and physical activity in high school

(Hales DH, Stevens JS Murray DM, Taber DR, Roberts A; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2013)


Cigarette Quitlines, Taxes, and Other Tobacco Control Policies: A State-Level Analysis

(Brown HS, Karson S; Health Economics, 2013)


From NIH to Texas schools: Policy impact of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program in Texas

(Hoelscher DM, Springer AE, Menendez TH, Cribb PW, Kelder SH ; Journal of Physical Activity and Health , 2011)


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Being a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite

1/10/17 - This infographic shows the benefits of Being a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite. Learn what it means to be a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite, and how you can become one. Being Texas Mother-Friendly is good business sense!


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Food at School Parties

9/15/15 - What one YEAR of school party food really looks like.


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Comida en las Fiestas Escolares

9/15/2015 - La realidad de las fiestas escolares en un año.


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Asegúrate de que todos los Tejanos reciban un Diez en Alimentación Saludable!

7/28/15 - Esta infografía muestra cómo el entorno de compra de alimentos tiene una gran influencia en qué alimentos las familias compran y consumen, y sus resultados de salud posteriores.


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Make Sure All Texans Get A’s in Healthy Eating!

7/28/15 - This infographic shows how the food shopping environment has a strong influence on what foods families ultimately buy and consume, and their subsequent health outcomes.


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The Science of Childhood Obesity: An Individual to Societal Framework


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El Texas de Hoy as El Estados Unidos del Mañana

5/1/15 - Con base en los cambios demográficos que actualmente ocurren alrededor del país, Texas muy probablemente es una buena representación del futuro poblacional de los Estados Unidos.


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The Texas of Today is the United States of Tomorrow

5/1/15 - Texas very likely represents the future of the United States, given the current shifts in demographics across the country. Diverse population, geography and an array of cultures are only a few of the benefits that make Texas an ideal place to perform public health research.


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Safety-Net Hospital Systems Transformation in the Era of Health Care Reform

2/1/15 - This report provides a review of safety-net systems across the country, identifying their experiences, lessons, and successes in adapting and responding to health care reform.


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Our Kids Want to Walk the Walk

1/12/15 - This infographic shows findings and recommendations from the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation Project.


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Our Kids Want to Walk the Walk (PowerPoint)

1/10/15 - Download this PowerPoint version of the T-COPPE "Our Kids Want To Walk the Walk" infographic. Includes list of sources.


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Snapshot of Medicaid 1115 Waiver and Other State-Based Delivery System Transformations

1/1/15 - The purpose of this review is to provide a snapshot of programs incentivizing delivery system transformation as part of Medicaid 1115 waivers to inform California as well as other states as they work to renew their waivers and related systems transformation programs.


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SPAN Survey Fact Sheets

9/1/14 - Download detailed 2009-2011 SPAN Survey results, sorted into one-page fact sheets by grade (4th, 8th, and 11th) and Health Service Region.


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2013 Texas Health Perception Survey Brief

One-page summary of the 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey results.


2013 Texas Health Perception Survey Report

Eighty-three Texas legislators were surveyed to identify knowledge and perceptions about obesity prevention and control measures. Legislators from both political parties and legislative chambers responded to the survey.


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Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention (2012)


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CATCH in IOM report on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

5/1/12 - This excerpt from the 2012 Institute of Medicine report on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention discusses the evidence base for the CATCH program.


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Revenue Neutral Policy Solutions to Youth Fitness Problems in Texas

2/1/12 - The RGK Foundation commissioned this report as part of its efforts to improve physical activity. reduce childhood obesity, and diminish health disparities in Texas. The report was completed by Dr. Steven Kelder.


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Active Texas 2020: Taking Action to Promote Physical Activity

12/1/09 - A 10-year blueprint detailing proven strategies that will help schools, medical care organizations, employers, municipal leaders, transportation planners, parks and wildlife leaders and community leaders find and implement proven strategies for helping make exercise and physical activity a health priority throughout the State of Texas.


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2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans


Deanna Hoelscher Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA
Regional Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin
Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living