Significant proportion of mothers are unaware of their children’s height and weight

A significant proportion of mothers are unaware of their children’s height and weight—which has implications for early detection of childhood obesity. Researchers utilized data from 230 mothers in the St. Louis area of containing baseline self-reported and measured heights and weights of mothers and children who were enrolled in ‘Healthy Eating and Active Living Taught […]

Parents in highly disadvantaged neighborhoods more likely to restrict children’s play

Today’s parents are restricting their children’s outdoor play, but children in highly disadvantaged neighborhoods face more restrictions, our new research finds. “Being physically active and playing outdoors is essential for adolescent development,” writes the study’s lead author, Dr. Maura Kepper, research assistant professor at the PRC. “Policy and environment change that improves neighborhood conditions may […]

Public and private places contribute to PA among Mexican adults

Understanding the contribution of public- and restricted-access places to overall and domain-specific physical activity among Mexican adults: A cross-sectional study. Understanding the contribution of public- and restricted-access places to overall and domain-specific physical activity among Mexican adults: A cross-sectional study.Jáuregui A, Salvo D, Medina C, Barquera S, Hammond D.PLoS One. 2020 Feb 7;15(2):e0228491. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228491. […]

PRC faculty wins 3rd place in “Shark tank” style competition

The Healthcare Innovation Lab and the Institute for Informatics hosted a “Shark Tank-style” pitch session on February 28, 2020. Ten project teams requesting up to $50,000 in funds at BJC HealthCare (BJC) and Washington University School of Medicine’s (WUSM) competed in the second Big Ideas Competition. Our own PRC faculty, Maura Kepper, presented with her […]

The application of mHealth to monitor implementation of best practices to support healthy eating and physical activity in afterschool programs.

Brazendale K, Beets MW, Weaver RG, Turner-McGrievy B, Brazendale AB, Chandler JL, Moore JB, Huberty JL, Lemley J, Brownson RC. The application of mHealth to monitor implementation of best practices to support healthy eating and physical activity in afterschool programs. Glob Health Promot. 2018 May 1:1757975918768442. doi: 10.1177/1757975918768442. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed [citation] PMID: […]

The role of physical activity enjoyment in the pathways from the social and physical environments to physical activity of early adolescent girls.

Budd EL, McQueen A, Eyler AA, Haire-Joshu D, Auslander WF, Brownson RC. The role of physical activity enjoyment in the pathways from the social and physical environments to physical activity of early adolescent girls. Prev Med. 2018 Jun;111:6-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.02.015. Epub 2018 Feb 12. PubMed [citation] PMID: 29447926, PMCID: PMC5985153