Location: Houston, Texas2012 Annual Report
1. Increasing physical activity levels in minority children. Children are engaging in considerably less physical activity now than they were 20 years ago, and this decrease coincides with increased prevalence of obesity in youth. This is particularly important for minority children who are at greater risk for obesity-related health problems. Currently, the dietary guidelines recommend that children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity daily; however, there are multiple barriers that reduce the likelihood of children being active, such as the home environment, busy daily schedules, and preferences for sedentary behaviors. Children's Nutrition Research Center researchers in Houston, Texas, have developed an intervention program designed to increase physical activity in children in order to meet the dietary guidelines and have demonstrated that the program improved physical activity levels in minority children. This accomplishment has important implications for future policy development and may help address the obesity epidemic in minority children.