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Jun 01, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 11)


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The photos on the homepage of this site show children playing outside and kicking a soccer ball. Oddly enough, not a single one is texting or playing video games. Maybe that’s because they appear to be only about 5–10 years old, but more likely it’s because this is the website for NCCOR—the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. This website provides useful tidbits such as a description of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and a list of funding opportunities, but the site’s greatest resource is its Catalogue of Surveillance Systems. This is a compilation of local, state, and national surveillance systems, thereby bringing a large amount of data to researchers’ fingertips in a single website. Beyond the catalog itself, the NCCOR website also contains links to other external surveillance resources that are organized under the headings of general resources, federal nutrition program information, legislative databases, and other catalogs.

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