Studying the root causes of obesity and developing real world solutions.

Prevention of pediatric overweight and obesity: Position of the academy of nutrition and dietetics based on an umbrella review of systematic reviews

Hoelscher, D. M., Brann, L. S., O’Brien, S., Handu, D., & Rozga, M. (2022). Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 122(2), 410-423.

Impact of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health Early Childhood Program for Obesity Prevention among Preschool Children: The Texas Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Study

Sharma, S. V., Vandewater, E., Chuang, R. J., Byrd-Williams, C., Kelder, S., et al. (2019). Childhood obesity (Print), 15(1), 1–13.

Improvement in primary care provider self-efficacy and use of patient-centered counseling to address child overweight and obesity after practice-based changes: Texas Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Study

Barlow, S. E., Salahuddin, M., Butte, N. F., Hoelscher, D. M., & Pont, S. J. (2018). Childhood obesity (Print), 14(8), 518–527.

Behavior Modification of Diet and Parent Feeding Practices in a Community- Vs Primary Care-Centered Intervention for Childhood Obesity

Wilson, T. A., Liu, Y., Adolph, A. L., Sacher, P. M., Barlow, S. E., et al. (2019). Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 51(2), 150–161.e1.

Examining the Role of Income Inequality and Neighborhood Walkability on Obesity and Physical Activity Among Low-Income Hispanic Adults

Towne, S. D., Jr, Lopez, M. L., Li, Y., Smith, M. L., Warren, J. L., Evans, A. E., et al. (2018). Journal of immigrant and minority health, 20(4), 854–864.

Dietary Diversity: Implications for Obesity Prevention in Adult Populations: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association

de Oliveira Otto, M. C., Anderson, C., Dearborn, J. L., Ferranti, E. P., Mozaffarian, D., et al. (2018). Circulation, 138(11), e160–e168.

The Association Among Overweight, Obesity, and Low Back Pain in U.S. Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study of the 2015 National Health Interview Survey

Peng, T., Pérez, A., & Pettee Gabriel, K. (2018). Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 41(4), 294–303.

Pilot Evaluation of HEAL - A Natural Experiment to Promote Obesity Prevention Behaviors Among Low-Income Pregnant Women

Sharma, S. V., Chuang, R. J., Byrd-Williams, C., Danho, M., Upadhyaya, M., et al. (2018). Preventive medicine reports, 10, 254–262.

Best Practices and Barriers to Obesity Prevention in Head Start: Differences Between Director and Teacher Perceptions

Byrd-Williams, C., Dooley, E. E., Sharma, S. V., Chuang, R. J., Butte, N., et al. (2017). Preventing chronic disease, 14.

Best practices and barriers to obesity prevention in Head Start: Baseline differences in director and teacher perceptions from the TX CORD Study

Byrd-Williams, C., Dooley, E. E., Sharma, S. V., Chuang, R. J., Butte, N., et al. (2017). Preventing chronic disease, 14, E139.

Efficacy of a Community- Versus Primary Care-Centered Program for Childhood Obesity: TX CORD RCT

Butte, N. F., Hoelscher, D. M., Barlow, S. E., Pont, S., Durand, C., et al. (2017). Obesity, 25(9), 1584-1593.

Efficacy of a Community- vs. Primary Care-Centered Program for Childhood Obesity: TX CORD RCT

Butte, N. F., Hoelscher, D. M., Barlow, S. E., Pont, S., Durand, C., et al. (2017). Obesity, 25(9), 1584-1593.

Weight loss advice and prospective weight change among overweight firefighters

Brown, A. L., Poston, W. S., Jahnke, S. A., Keith Haddock, C., Luo, S., et al. (2016). International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 22(3), 233-239.

Surveillance Systems to Track and Evaluate Obesity Prevention Efforts

Hoelscher, D. M., Ranjit, N., & Pérez, A. (2017). Annual Review of Public Health, 38, 187-214.

Healthy eating patterns associated with acculturation, sex, and BMI among Mexican Americans

Reininger, B., Lee, M., Jennings, R., Evans, A., & Vidoni, M. (2017). Public health nutrition, 20(7), 1267-1278.

Correlates of Physical Activity Differ by Sex and Country of Birth Among Mexican-Heritage Youth

Wilkinson, A. V., Miller, E. E., Koehly, L. M., Daniel, C. R., & Forman, M. R. (2017). Journal of immigrant and minority health, 19(2), 246–253.

Mapping of reviews on breastfeeding and obesity risk in children

Newsome, K., Rashid, T., Vonville, H. M., & Sharma, S. V. (2016). Current nutrition reports, 5(4), 255-277.

Are Hospital Workers Healthy?: A Study of Cardiometabolic, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Factors Associated With Obesity Among Hospital Workers

Sharma, S. V., Upadhyaya, M., Karhade, M., Baun, W. B., Perkison, W. B., et al. (2016). Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 58(12), 1231-1238.

Are Hospital Workers Healthy? A Study of Cardiometabolic, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Factors Associated With Obesity Among Hospital Workers

(Sharma SV, Upadhyaya M, Karhade M, Baun WB, Perkison WB, Pompeii LA, Brown HS, Hoelscher DM; J Occup Environ Med.; 2016)

Impact of school-based vegetable garden and physical activity coordinated health interventions on weight status and weight-related behaviors of ethnically diverse, low-income students: Study design and baseline data of the Texas, Grow! Eat! Go!

(Evans A, Ranjit N, Hoelscher D, Jovanovic C, Lopez M, McIntosh A, Ory M, Whittlesey L, McKyer L, Kirk A, Smith C, Walton C, Heredia N, Warren J; BMC Public Health; 2016)

Previous gardening experience and gardening enjoyment is related to vegetable preferences and consumption among low-income elementary school children

(Evans A, Ranjit N, Fair CN, Jennings R, Warren JL; J Nutr Educ Behav; 2016)

Effects of Saturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat, and Carbohydrate on Glucose-Insulin Homeostasis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Feeding Trials

(Imamura F, Micha R, Wu JH, de Oliveira Otto MC, Otite FO, Abioye AI, Mozaffarian D; 2016)

The Impact of Dietary and Metabolic Risk Factors on Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mortality in Brazil

(de Oliveira Otto MC, Afshin A, Micha R, Khatibzadeh S, Fahimi S, Singh G, Danaei G, Sichieri R, Monteiro CA, Louzada ML, Ezzati M, Mozaffarian D; Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Expert Group; Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE); 2016)

Cardiometabolic Risk Factors among Children and Adolescents with Severe Obesity in the United States, 1999-2012

(Li L, Pérez A, Wu LT, Ranjit N, Brown HS, Kelder SH; Child Obes.; 2016)

Everything in Moderation--Dietary Diversity and Quality, Central Obesity and Risk of Diabetes

(de Oliveira Otto MC, Padhye NS, Bertoni AG, Jacobs DR Jr, Mozaffarian D;PLoS One; 2015)

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)

Cardiometabolic risk factors among children and adolescents with severe obesity in the U.S., 1999-2012

(Li L, Pérez A, Wu LT, Ranjit N, Brown HS, Kelder SH; Childhood Obesity; 2016)

Efficacy of the Lunch Is in the Bag Intervention to Increase Parents' Packing of Healthy Bag Lunches for Young Children: A Cluster-Randomized Trial in Early Care and Education Centers

(Roberts-Gray C, Briley M, Ranjit N, Byrd-Williams C, Sweitzer SJ, Sharma SV, Romo-Palafox M, Hoelscher DM; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 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)

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)

Using Family-Focused Garden, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Programs To Reduce Childhood Obesity: The Texas! Go! Eat! Grow! Pilot Study

(Spears-Lanoix EC, McKyer EL, Evans A, McIntosh WA, Ory M, Whittlesey L, Kirk A, Hoelscher DM, Warren JL; Childhood Obesity, 2015)

Effectiveness of the Lunch Is in the Bag Program on Communication Between the Parent, Child and Child-Care Provider Around Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grain Foods: A Group-Randomized Controlled Trial

(Sharma SV, Rashid T, Ranjit N, Byrd-Williams C, Chuang RJ, Roberts-Gray C, Briley M, Sweitzer S, Hoelscher DM; Preventive Medicine; 2015)

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)

Dietary quality of preschooler's sack lunches as measured by the Healthy Eating Index

Romo-Palafox MJ, Ranjit N, Sweitzer SJ, Roberts-Gray C, Hoelscher DM, Byrd-Williams CE, Briley ME; Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015)

Standing, obesity, and metabolic syndrome: Findings from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

(Shuval K, Barlow CE, Finley CE, Gabriel KP, Schmidt MD, DeFina LF; Mayo Clinic Proceedings; 2015)

Weight Advice Associated With Male Firefighter Weight Perception and Behavior

(Brown AL, Poston WS, Jahnke SA, Haddock CK, Luo S, Delclos GL1, Day RS; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; 2015)

Effects of the Quest to Lava Mountain Computer Game on Dietary and Physical Activity Behaviors of Elementary School Children: A Pilot Group-Randomized Controlled Trial

(Sharma SV, Shegog R, Chow J, Finley C, Pomeroy M, Smith C, Hoelscher DM; Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2015)

Maternal Beliefs and Parenting Practices Regarding Their Preschool Child's Television Viewing: An Exploration in a Sample of Low-Income Mexican-Origin Mothers

(Thompson DA, Polk S, Cheah CS, Vandewater EA, Johnson SL, Chrismer MC, Tschann JM; Clinical Pediatrics; 2015)

Feasibility and Acceptability of Brighter Bites: A Food Co-Op in Schools to Increase Access, Continuity and Education of Fruits and Vegetables Among Low-Income Populations

(Sharma S, Helfman L, Albus K, Pomeroy M, Chuang RJ, Markham C; Journal of Primary Prevention; 2015)

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.

School-level economic disadvantage and obesity in middle school children in central Texas, USA: A cross-sectional study

(Springer AE, Li L, Ranjit N, Delk J, Mehta K, Kelder SH; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)

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)

Research contributions on childhood obesity from a public-private partnership

(Perry CL, Hoelscher DM, Kohl III HW; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)

Time with friends and physical activity as mechanisms linking obesity and television viewing among youth

(Vandewater EA, Park SE, Hébert ET, Cummings HM; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)

Measuring the bias, precision, accuracy, and validity of self-reported height and weight in assessing overweight and obesity status among adolescents using a surveillance system

(Pérez A, Gabriel K, Nehme EK, Mandell DJ, Hoelscher DM; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)

Accelerometer determined sedentary behavior and dietary quality among US adults

(Shuval K, Nguyen BT, Yaroch AL, Drope J, Gabriel KP; Preventive Medicine; 2015)

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)

Educational outcomes associated with childhood obesity in the United States: Cross-sectional results from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health

(Carey FR, Singh GK, Brown HS 3rd, Wilkinson AV; 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)

Young low-income ethnic minority children watch less television when their mothers regulate what they are viewing

(Thompson DA, Vandewater EA, Matson PA, Tschann JM; Acta Paediatrica; 2015)

Narrative communication as a strategy to improve diet and activity in low-income families: the use of role model stories

(Ranjit N, Menendez T, Creamer M, Hussain, A, Potratz C, Hoelscher DM; American Journal of Health Education; 2015)

The utility of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in systems-oriented obesity intervention projects: the selection of comparable study sites for a quasi-experimental intervention design--TX CORD

(Oluyomi AO, Byars A, Byrd-Williams C, Sharma SV, Durand C, Hoelscher DM, Butte NF, Kelder SH; Child Obesity; 2015)

Implementation of strategies to increase adolescents’ access to fruit and vegetables at school: process evaluation findings from the Boost study

(Aarestrup AK, Jorgensen TS, Hoelscher DM, Due P, Krolner R; BMC Public Health; 2015)

Incorporating primary and secondary prevention approaches to address childhood obesity prevention and treatment in a low-income, ethnically diverse population: Study design and demographic data from the Texas TX CORD Study

(Hoelscher DM, Butte NF, Barlow S, Vandewater EA, Sharma SV, Huang T, Finkelstein E, Pont S, Sacher P, Byrd-Williams C, Oluyomi AO, Durand C, Li L, Kelder SH; Childhood Obesity; 2015)

Youth and young adult physical activity and body composition of young adult women: findings from the Dietary Intervention Study in Children

(Hodge MG, Hovinga M, Shepherd JA, Egleston B, Gabriel K, Van Horn L, Robson A, Snetselaar L, Stevens VK, Jung S, Dorgan J; Pediatric Exercise Science; 2015)

International study of objectively measured physical activity and sedentary time with body mass index and obesity: IPEN adult study

(Van Dyck D, Cerin E, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Hinckson E, Reis RS, Davey R, Sarmiento OL, Mitas J, Troelsen J, MacFarlane D, Salvo D, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Owen N, Cain KL, Sallis JF; International Journal of Obesity; 2015)

Cost-effectiveness of a community-based weight control intervention targeting a low-socioeconomic-status Mexican-origin population

(Wilson, K, Brown HS, Bastida E; Health Promotion Practice, 2015)

Accurate Identification of Neutralizing Antibodies to Adenovirus Ad36, -A Putative Contributor of Obesity in Humans

(Dubuisson O, Day RS, Dhurandhar NV; Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, 2015)

Individual, social and environmental correlates of physical activity in African American and Hispanic women with Obesity: a structural equation model analysis

(Mama SK, Diamond PM, McCurdy SA, Evans AE, McNeill LH, Lee RE; Preventive Medicine Reports; 2015)

Racial and ethnic differences in the home food environment explain disparities in dietary practices of middle school children

(Ranjit N, Evans AE, Springer AE, Hoelscher DM, Kelder SH; Journal of Nutrition and Education Behavior; 2015)

The association between sports participation and dietary behaviors among fourth graders in the School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey, 2009-2010

(Dortch KS, Gay J, Springer, AE, Kohl, HW, Sharma, SV, Saxton, DL, Hoelscher, DM.; American Journal of Health Promotion, 2014)

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)

Health disparities among racial and ethnic minority firefighters

(Poston WSC, Haddock CK, Jahnke SA, Jitnarin N, Day RS, Daniels ID; Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice; 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)

The association of depression and anxiety with glycemic control among Mexican-Americans with diabetes living near the U.S.-Mexico border

(Kendzor, DE, Chen, M, Reininger, B, Businelle, MS, Stewart, DS, Fisher-Hoch, SP, Rentfro, A, Wetter, DW, McCormick, JB; BMC Public Health, 2014)

The childhood obesity epidemic: Lessons learned from tobacco

(Perry, CL, Creamer, M, The Journal of Pediatrics, 2014)

Perceived weight in youths and risk of overweight or obesity six years later

(Duong HT, Roberts RE; Journal of Psychosomatic Research; 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)

Socioeconomic and cultural county-level factors associated with race/ethnic differences in body mass index in 4th grade students in Texas

(Salinas, J, Shah, MS, Gay, JL, Sextonm, K, Nehme, E, Mandell, D, Hoelscher, DM; Journal of Applied Research on Children, 2013)

Indian students' perspectives on obesity and school-based obesity prevention: a qualitative examination

(Riggs N, Tewari A, Stigler MH, Rodrigues L, Arora M, Pentz MA; Health Promotion Practice, 2013)

Youths with obesity are not more likely to become depressed, but depressed youths are more likely to suffer from obesity

(Roberts RE, Duong HT; Psychological Medicine, 2013)

Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Interventions for the prevention and treatment of pediatric overweight and obesity

(Hoelscher, DM, Kirk, S, Ritchie, L, Cunningham-Sabo, L; Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013)

An examination of the benefits of health promotion programs for the National Fire Service

(Poston WSC, Haddock CK, Jahnke SA, Jitnarin, N, Day RS; BMC Public Health, 2013)

TCOPPE School Environmental 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)

The price of access: Capitalization of neighborhood contextual factors and obesity

(Brown HS, Yarnell LM; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2013)

Perceived weight, not obesity, increases risk for major depression among adolescents

(Roberts, RE, Duong HT; Journal of Psychiatric Research, 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)

Association between accelerometer-derived physical activity and regional adiposity in young men and women

(Smith HA, Storti KL, Arena VC, Kriska AM, Pettee-Gabriel, K, Sutton-Tyrrel K, Hames K, Conroy MB; Obesity, 2013)

Objective habitual physical activity and estradiol levels in Latina adolescent females with obesity

(Gyllenhammer, LE, Vanni, AK, Byrd-Williams, C, Kalan, M, Bernstein, L, Davis, JN; Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2013)

Obesity has few effects on future psychological functioning of adolescents

(Roberts, RE, Duong HT; Journal of Eating Behaviors, 2013)

Regular breakfast intake and its association with obesity among urban Delhi students

(Arora M, Nazar GP, Stigler MH, Gupta VK, Perry CL, Reddy KS ; BMC Public Health , 2012)

Higher risk for obesity among Mexican-American and Mexican immigrant children and adolescents than among peers in Mexico.

(Hernandez-Valero M, Bustamante-Montes LP, Hernanadez M, Halley Castillo ME, Wilkinson A, Bondy LM, Olvera N. ; Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health , 2012)

Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Adiposity, Inflammation, and Insulin Resistance in African-American and Latino Youth with Obesity

(Hasson RE, Adam TC, Davis JN, Kelly LA, Ventura EE, Toledo-Corral C, Byrd-Williams C, Roberts CK, Lane CJ, Azen SP, Chou C, Spruijt-Metz D, Weigensberg M, Berhane K, Goran MI; Obesity , 2012)

The Effects of Acculturation on Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics Among Hispanic Fourth-Grade Children in Texas Public Schools, 2004-2005

(Lind C, Mirchandani GG, Castrucci BC, Chavez N, Handler A, Hoelscher DM; J Sch Health; 2012)

Effects of a randomized maintenance intervention on adiposity and metabolic risk factors in overweight minority adolescents

(Davis JN, Ventura EE, Tung A, Munerva MA, Hasson RE, Byrd-Williams C, Vanni AK, Spruijt-Metz D, Weigensberg M, Goran MI ; Pediatric Obesity , 2012)

Association between depressed mood and perceived weight in middle and high school age students: Texas 2004-2005

(Schiefelbein EL, Mirchandani GG, George GC, Becker EA, Castrucci BC, Hoelscher DM; Matern Child Health; 2012)

Paper logs provide greater frequency of dietary self-monitoring than personal digit assistants among adolescents with obesity

(Herndon ME, Hastings E, Day RS, Sanchez BE, Garland B, Wiemann ME ; Journal of American Dietetic Association , 2011)

Do trends in physical activity, sedentary, and dietary behaviors support trends in obesity prevalence in 2 border regions in Texas?

(Ezendam NP, Springer AE, Brug J, Oenema A, Hoelscher DH; J Nutr Educ Behav; 2011)

Physical activity, television viewing, and the risk of obesity in students, Texas

(Perez A, Hoelscher DM, Springer AE, Brown HS, Barroso CS, Kelder SH, Castrucci B ; Preventing Chronic Disease , 2011)

The Woman on the Move through Activity and Nutrition Study: Final 48- month results

(Kuller LH, Pettee-Gabriel, K, Kinzel LS, Underwood DA, Conroy MB, Chang Y, Mackey RH, Edmundowicz D, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Kriska AM ; Obesity, 2011)

Do trends in physical activity, sedentary and dietary behaviors support trends in obesity prevalence in two border regions in Texas?

(Ezendam N, Springer AE, Brug J, Oenema A, Hoelscher DM; Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior , 2011)

The relationship between obesity and psychiatric disorders across ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States

(Rosen-Reynoso, M, Alegria, M, Chen, C, Lederman, M, Roberts RE; Journal of Eating Behaviors, 2011)

Physical activity participation by parental language use in 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students in Texas, USA

(Springer AE, Lewis K, Kelder SH, Fernandez ME, Barroso CS, Hoelscher DM; J Immigr Minor Health; 2010)

A descriptive study of beverage consumption among an ethnically diverse sample of public school students in Texas

(Evans AE, Springer AE, Evans MH, Ranjit N, Hoelscher DM; J Am Coll Nutr; 2010)

Changes in the regional prevalence of child obesity in 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students in Texas from 2000-2002 to 2004-2005

(Hoelscher DM, Kelder SH, Pérez A, Day RS, Benoit JS, Frankowski RF, Walker JL, Lee ES; Obesity; 2010)

Reductions in Child Obesity Among Disadvantaged School Children With Community Involvement: The Travis County CATCH Trial

(Hoelscher DM, Springer AE, Ranjit N, Perry CL, Evans AE, Stigler M, Kelder SH; Obesity, 2010)

Observable weight distributions and children's individual weight assessment

(Brown HS III, Evans AE, Mirchandani GG, Kelder SH, Hoelscher DM; Obesity; 2010)

Television Viewing and Snacking Behaviors of Fourth- And Eighth-Grade Schoolchildren in Texas

(Vader AM, Walters ST, Harris TR, Hoelscher DM; Prev Chronic Dis; 2009)

Prevalence of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors by Metropolitan Status in 4th-, 8th-, and 11th-Grade Students in Texas, 2004-2005

(Springer AE, Hoelscher DM, Kelder SH, Castrucci B, Pérez A; Prev Chronic Dis; 2009)

Crime rates and sedentary behavior among 4th grade Texas school children

(Brown HS, Pérez A, Mirchandani GG, Hoelscher DM, Kelder SH; Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act; 2008)

Measuring the Prevalence of Overweight in Texas Schoolchildren

(Hoelscher DM, Day RS, Lee ES, Frankowski RF, Kelder SH, Ward JL, Scheurer ME; Am J Public Health; 2004)

Reproducibility and validity of the secondary level School-Based Nutrition Monitoring student questionnaire

(Hoelscher DM, Day RS, Kelder SH, Ward JL; J Am Diet Assoc; 2003)

Parental social support, ethnicity, and energy balance-related behaviors in ethnically diverse, low-income, urban elementary schoolchildren

(Donnelly R, Springer A; Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior; 2015)

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Child Obesity Crisis in Texas

2/11/19 - Healthy Children, Healthy State. A one-pager on the child obesity crisis in Texas from the Texas Child Health Status Report Project. Last Updated on January 20, 2021.

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Obesidad Infantil en Texas

9/20/17 - Las tasas de obesidad infantil y las estadísticas sobre los comportamientos de salud relacionados con la obesidad a partir de los resultados de la encuesta SPAN 2015-2016.

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Child Obesity in Texas

9/20/17 - Child obesity rates and statistics on obesity-related health behaviors from the 2015-2016 SPAN Survey results.

Food at School Parties

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

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.

The Science of Childhood Obesity: An Individual to Societal Framework

7/27/15 - 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 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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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.

GO, SLOW, WHOA Flowchart

4/1/15 - Follow this flowchart to learn how to make healthier food choices—try to eat more GO foods than SLOW foods, and eat WHOA foods in very small amounts.

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GO, SLOW, WHOA Diagrama de Flujo

4/1/15 - Sigue el camino para aprender cómo elegir alimentos más saludables—trata de comer más alimentos GO que alimentos SLOW, y come alimentos WHOA en pequeñas cantidades.

Active Play-Active Learning Playground Marking Guide

2/1/15 - Playground markings are a good way to incorporate physical activity and active learning during recess time as well as class time. This guide includes the list of Playground Markings our team uses, and the simple curriculum that encourages active learning!

Active Play-Active Learning Peer-Led Activity Guide

2/1/15 - The Peer-Led games process of Active Play Active Learning is a way to teach students leadership skills as well as social and emotional skills while they engage in physically active games.

Active Play-Active Learning Brain Breaks Guide

2/1/15 - In this guide, we present a range of easy-to-implement “Brain Breaks”- short activity dynamics that can be implemented by the teacher in the classroom setting. The guide is structured in two sections: 1.) General Brain Breaks that can be applied across classes and academic topic areas during any part of the day; and 2.) Academic-specific Brain Breaks that directly correlate to subjects.

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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.

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.

Child Obesity in Texas infographic

9/1/14 - Child obesity rates and statistics on obesity-related health behaviors from the 2009-2011 SPAN Survey.

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.

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.

Leading Healthy Indicators for CATCH

2/1/14 - CATCH provides a comprehensive and coordinated framework to address many of the key Leading Health Indicators from Healthy People 2020.

Active Meeting Guide

11/1/13 - Use this guide to inject some activity into your meetings, conferences, and workspace.

Activity Break Guide

11/1/13 - Got that “2:30" feeling? Don’t reach for a sugary energy drink–try these activity breaks to re-energize your body and mind!

Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress (2013)

8/1/13 - This report from the Institute of Medicine offers a framework that will provide guidance for systematic and routine planning, implementation, and evaluation of the advancement of obesity prevention efforts.

Training on Measuring Heights & Weights

6/12/13 - In this video we demonstrate the proper protocol for conducting height and weight measurements.

Entrenamiento Para Medir Alturas y Pesos

6/1/13 - En este video se demuestra el protocolo adecuado para la realización de medidas de altura y peso.

Integrating Physical Activity Every Day in Every Way (PDF)

5/1/12 - Physical activity is key to maintaining a healthy weight. The way that environments where we live, work, learn, and play are designed and built— for example, whether there are sidewalks or bike lanes—influences how physically active we are. Source: Institute of Medicine

Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention (2012)

5/1/12 - The Institute of Medicine (IOM) evaluated prior obesity prevention strategies and identified recommendations to accelerate progress in obesity prevention. Center faculty, Drs. Steve Kelder and Bill Kohl, sat on the IOM committee that authored the 2012 report.

Activating Health Care Providers (PDF)

5/1/12 - Health care providers and insurers are part of a system of support and service that can give individuals and families access to obesity prevention and treatment. The full potential of this system to detect obesity, counsel patients, support healthy behaviors, and encourage changes in the community remains untapped. Source: Institute of Medicine

Making Healthy Food and Beverages Available Everywhere (PDF)

5/1/12 - The foods and beverages that surround us make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Making healthy foods and beverages the routine, readily available, and affordable option, along with decreasing unhealthy food and beverage options, will improve our chances to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Source: Institute of Medicine

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.

Activating Employers (PDF)

5/1/12 - Employed adults spend a quarter of their lives at the workplace, making it an ideal setting for promoting healthy eating and active living. Obesity is increasing employer costs, economic and otherwise. Because employers bear direct medical and indirect productivity costs of obesity, they can benefit from promoting and increasing physical activity, healthy eating, breastfeeding, and overall well-being in the workplace. Source: Institute of Medicine

Strengthening Schools as the Heart of Health (PDF)

5/1/12 - Schools have a tradition of supporting the health and well-being of their students. Children and teens spend up to half of their waking hours in school and may consume more than half of their daily calories there. This puts schools in a unique position to support students in getting optimum physical activity, eating healthily, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight—not only in the short term but over their lifetimes. Source: Institute of Medicine

Weight of the Nation

5/1/12 - Visit the Weight of the Nation website where you can find resources, take pledges for healthy change, and watch the documentary films in their entirety.

Marketing What Matters for a Healthy Life (PDF)

5/1/12 - We are surrounded by messages about physical activity and food through multi-media advertising, on food packages and in restaurants, and in public service campaigns. Marketing and messages that promote healthy choices and discourage unhealthy choices could transform the message environment. Source: Institute of Medicine

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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.

Roadmap to Encouraging Grocery Development in Houston and Texas: A Report of the Houston Grocery Access Task Force (2012)

1/1/12 - This report from the Food Trust includes policy recommendations to stimulate healthy food retail development in the Houston area to improve healthy food access in underserved communities throughout the state.

Stay Healthy-Eat Smart

9/1/10 - GO, SLOW and WHOA foods to help you stay healthy eat smart.

The Grocery Gap: Who Has Access to Healthy Food and Why it Matters (2010)

5/1/10 - The report from the Food Trust presents a comprehensive review of studies of Health Equity and Place and its impacts — 132 studies conducted in the United States in the past 20 years.

"Eat Smart" con CATCH

4/2/10 - Conoces tus alimentos GO - SLOW - WHOA?

Eat Smart with CATCH

4/2/10 - Do you know your GO, SLOW, WHOA foods? This presentation can be used to help teachers, parents, and students learn about the CATCH program's GO, SLOW, WHOA stoplight system for categorizing foods.

Your Elementary School and the CATCH Program

4/1/10 - Learn about the key components of the CATCH elementary school program with this handout.

CATCH Healthy Habits at Home

4/1/10 - This handout contains simple steps that will add up to a big difference in your family’s health. Be a CATCH MVP and select one or two new habits that are best suited for you and your family!

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Escuelas Primarias de AISD y el Programa CATCH

4/1/10 - Aprenda sobre los componentes clave del programa de la escuela primaria CATCH con este folleto.

CATCH Your Students At Their Best

4/1/10 - This flyer for parents includes healthy tips from the CATCH program.

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Niños sanos aprenden mejor!

4/1/10 - Este volante para padres incluye consejos saludables del programa CATCH.

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

1/1/08 - The Federal Government has issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.

Deanna Hoelscher Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA
Campus Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin
Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas System


Courtney Byrd-Williams Courtney Byrd-Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences


Nalini Ranjit Nalini Ranjit, PhD
Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences


Shreela V. Sharma Shreela V. Sharma, PhD, RD, LD
Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Co-Director, Dietetic Internship Program