Improving the Well-being of Children and Families
The Hood Center for Children and Families was established at Dartmouth in 1990 with support from the Charles H. Hood Foundation. The Hood Center is dedicated to improving the well-being of children, adolescents, and families through health promotion research and family-centered support. Our research and projects focus on the impact of media on teen smoking; obesity prevention; the management of chronic health conditions in children and its impact on families; and the impact of prenatal and early life exposures on adult health outcomes.
Research indicates that sports participation and active commuting to school would significantly decrease obesity prevalence in adolescents.
Family fast food intake is related to townwide exposure to fast food outlets, and the influence is strongest among those with low access to transportation.