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overview Steven Gortmaker is Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology where he directs the Harvard Chan School of Public Health Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity (HPRC). The mission of the HPRC is to work with communities, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of strategies to improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce obesity and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families, and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes. We work with a wide range of partners to translate and disseminate this work at community, state and national levels. I currently direct the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES). Over the past three decades, more and more people living in the United States have developed obesity, which puts them at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer. If current trends continue, the majority of today's children-59 percent-will grow up to have obesity when they are age 35. This is why CHOICES is working to identify effective prevention policies and programs that will help more children achieve and maintain a healthy weight and deliver the best results for the dollars invested. We use cost-effectiveness analysis to compare the costs and outcomes of different policies and programs, and microsimulation models to create virtual populations of people based on "big data" (e.g. US Census, National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System). Starting in 2015, the CHOICES team began partnerships to translate results into action. Together with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), we have created Learning Collaborative Partnerships with state and city health agencies and both statewide and local partners. We have worked with 15 states and cities: Alaska, Washington State, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Denver, San Antonio, Mississippi, Minnesota, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Philadelphia, Allegheny Country (including Pittsburgh), Detroit, Houston and Salt Lake County. The CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership provides training, technical assistance, resources and tools on cost-effectiveness analysis for use in local decision-making related to obesity prevention strategies and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. Dr. Gortmaker's research with colleagues has documented the "energy gap" responsible for recent increases in obesity among children and youth in the United States, and the important role played by excess intake of sugar sweetened beverages. He has been an author or coauthor of more than 240 published research articles, including the first report in the United States concerning the obesity epidemic among children and youth. These papers have helped to focus subsequent epidemiologic and intervention work in this field. In addition, Dr. Gortmaker and his colleagues have designed interventions that are low cost, easily disseminated, and sustainable. Such interventions include the school curriculums Planet Health and Eat Well and Keep Moving, the afterschool curriculum Food and Fun (jointly developed with YMCA of the USA), and the Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity initiative (OSNAP). These interventions were evaluated with randomized trials and quasi-experimental designs. Recent studies include a four-paper obesity modeling series in the Lancet, and CHOICES papers in Health Affairs, Preventive Medicine and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gortmaker earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Academic Article Continuity of health insurance coverage for children with special health care needs.
Academic Article Effect of combination therapy including protease inhibitors on mortality among children and adolescents infected with HIV-1.
Academic Article Child overweight and undernutrition in Thailand: is there an urban effect?
Academic Article Human immunodeficiency virus infection in Mexico City. Rectal bleeding and anal warts as risk factors among men reporting sex with men.
Academic Article Television viewing and initiation of smoking among youth.
Academic Article Longitudinal association of maternal attempt to lose weight during the postpartum period and child obesity at age 3 years.
Academic Article Informal training in staff networks to support dissemination of health promotion programs.
Academic Article Quantification of the effect of energy imbalance on bodyweight.
Academic Article Effects of a school-based obesity-prevention intervention on menarche (United States).
Academic Article Can the Internet be used to reach parents for family-based childhood obesity interventions?
Academic Article Severity of illness: concepts and measurements.
Academic Article The financial implications of availability and quality of a usual source of care for children with special health care needs.
Academic Article Simulation models of obesity: a review of the literature and implications for research and policy.
Academic Article Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK.
Academic Article Disparities in overweight and obesity among US college students.
Academic Article Monitoring and evaluating managed care for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
Academic Article Impact of television viewing patterns on fruit and vegetable consumption among adolescents.
Academic Article Exposure to the mass media and weight concerns among girls.
Academic Article Perceived and actual obesity in childhood and adolescence and risk of adult depression.
Academic Article Effects of negative life events on immune suppression in children and youth infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1.
Academic Article A longitudinal study of maternal depression and child maltreatment in a national sample of families investigated by child protective services.
Academic Article Depressive symptoms as a longitudinal predictor of sexual risk behaviors among US middle and high school students.
Academic Article US state- and county-level social capital in relation to obesity and physical inactivity: a multilevel, multivariable analysis.
Academic Article Childhood sexual abuse is highly associated with HIV risk-taking behavior and infection among MSM in the EXPLORE Study.
Academic Article Activity level and risk of overweight in male health professionals.
Academic Article Associations of obesogenic behaviors in mothers and obese children participating in a randomized trial.
Academic Article [The homosexual transmission of HIV/AIDS in Mexico].
Academic Article Generalist and subspecialist care for children with chronic conditions.
Academic Article A multilevel analysis of women's status and self-rated health in the United States.
Concept Models, Theoretical
Concept Logistic Models
Concept Computer Simulation
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Concept Models, Statistical
Concept Models, Biological
Concept Proportional Hazards Models
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Academic Article School-day and overall physical activity among youth.
Academic Article Insufficient sleep among elementary and middle school students is linked with elevated soda consumption and other unhealthy dietary behaviors.
Academic Article Validity of a practitioner-administered observational tool to measure physical activity, nutrition, and screen time in school-age programs.
Academic Article Harnessing the public health power of model codes to increase drinking water access in schools and childcare.
Academic Article Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Child Care Policy Changes in the U.S.
Academic Article Assessment of a Districtwide Policy on Availability of Competitive Beverages in Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts, 2013.
Academic Article Using Wavelet-Based Functional Mixed Models to Characterize Population Heterogeneity in Accelerometer Profiles: A Case Study.
Academic Article Simulation of Growth Trajectories of Childhood Obesity into Adulthood.
Grant Simulation Modeling and Disparities in Obesity and Chronic Disease
Academic Article Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Stakeholder Evaluation of 2 Obesity Prevention Policies in Maine, US.
Grant Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity
Academic Article Assessing the effectiveness of training models for national scale-up of an evidence-based nutrition and physical activity intervention: a group randomized trial.
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.