Healthy Communities 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. Collaborators included the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) also helped inform the study in the development and application review phases.

Read about the findings from the Healthy Communities Study in this 2018 special supplement in Pediatric Obesity.

Featured Grants

PI Name

Organization Name

Project Title

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Colabianchi, Natalie

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

The effect of built and social environments on childhood obesity and racial/ethnic disparities in the national Healthy Communities Study


Last Updated
September 24, 2020