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NCCOR Publishes New White Paper on Health, Behavioral Design, and the Built Environment

New white paper examines the impact of behavioral design on fostering a culture of health for all—learn more here.


kidssmilingonground.jpgBy National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

In March 2017, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) released a new white paper on the use of behavioral design strategies and approaches to foster healthy eating and active living among children, teenagers, and their families.

Available on the NCCOR website, the white paper builds on a series of behavioral design meetings NCCOR hosted in 2015–2016 that brought together experts from a variety of fields, including architecture, environmental psychology, art, landscape architecture, human behavior, and philosophy and ethics. Meeting participants examined conceptual frameworks of behavioral design and their application to healthy eating and active living. 

The white paper encourages childhood obesity researchers and practitioners to consider the role of behavioral design in their work and use it for research and practice. It examines how behavioral design is applied to the built environment and guides researchers and practitioners in using behavioral design methods to enable and promote healthy eating and active living among children. With this white paper, NCCOR plans to stimulate further discourse on the application of behavioral design. 

Learn more! NCCOR is sponsoring a panel, “Healthy Places: Using Behavioral Design to Enhance Active Living and Healthy Eating,” featuring the authors of the white paper at The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference on June 1. 

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity in America. Contact: [email protected]