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Childhood Obesity Prevention RFA Stakeholder Feedback

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In an effort to ensure the continued high quality of NIFA’s Childhood Obesity Prevention programs, NIFA invites input on the scientific priorities for the Integrated Approaches to Prevent Childhood Obesity programs. These programs are fully integrated, coordinating research, education, and extension efforts to combat the challenge of childhood obesity. We will consider comments when we develop future Childhood Obesity Prevention RFAs. Comments will be accepted from June 8th, 2016 to August 4th, 2016. The current priorities are as follows.

Generate new knowledge of the behavioral (not metabolic), social, cultural, and/or environmental factors, including the food and physical activity environment, that influence childhood obesity and use this information to develop and implement effective family, peer, community, early care and education settings, and/or school-based interventions for preventing overweight and obesity and promoting healthy behaviors in children and adolescents (ages 2–19 years or any subset of this age range).

This knowledge should have a strong emphasis on health literacy and health disparities. Behavior should be defined in a broad sense to include individual patterns of behavior, socialization and how individuals respond to others, their environment, and policy. This program focuses on prevention of weight gain and will not fund projects to promote weight loss.'

We particularly invite input on the following challenges:

  • Ensuring that the current AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention program science priorities include an appropriate spectrum of Overweight and Obesity Prevention and Health Promotion research.
  • Identifying emerging science that is NOT included in the current AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention RFA.
  • Identifying new Research, Education, & Extension priorities stakeholders would like to see added to future AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention RFAs.
  • Ensuring that AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention RFAs are responsive to changes in the profession.
  • Deciding what the future direction of the AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention program should be.
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