About the study
The Healthy Communities Study (HCS) was a six-year study that included 130 communities and over 5,000 children and their families in the United States. The study’s goal was to understand how characteristics of community programs and policies relate to children's eating, physical activity behaviors, and their health. Findings from the HCS have helped inform community leaders about what types of programs and policies may help children's health. This study was led by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and co-funded by NCI and other NIH Institutes.