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The 2013 BEAT Institute Think Tank was a huge success. We are currently writing up the results in manuscripts to highlight the discussions and ideas. We are continuing to look for more funding to hold future institutes. In the meantime, you may click on some of the presentations below from previous institutes to learn more about the individual topics. Also, you can look at some of the BEAT alumni work.


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Nutrition Environments

Nutrition and Built Environment Overview (Glanz)
NEMS: Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (Glanz)
Home Nutrition Environments (Ward)
School Nutrition Environments (Henderson)
Measuring the Food Environment in Minority Communities (Gittlesohn)

Self-Report Measures (Glanz)

Physical Activity Environments

Physical Activity and Built Environment Overview (Sallis)
Overview of Park Audit Tools (Saelens)
Observation of Parks and Playgrounds: SOPARC and SOPLAY (McKenzie)
Environmental Audits (Day)
Self-Report Measures (Sallis)

Other Tools and Applications of Built Environment Assessments

Transportation (Rodriguez)

GIS: Global Information Systems (Hillier)
Data Analysis
Databases and Economic Analysis (Powell)
Policy Change

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BEAT Institute Information

There is no week long institute being held this year.

Schedule: When a future institute is organized, a draft schedule will be posted.

Travel: When a future institute is organized, travel information will be posted.

Application: When a future institute is organized, the application will be posted.

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BEAT Alumni Publications & Work


We have compiled a document of some of our alumni work. Click here to view some BEAT alumni work.





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BEAT Alumni Webinars

Stephanie Calloway and Tatiana Maida, 2009 ALof CORE/El Centro in Milwaukee, WI trained some promotoras to collect NEMS-S data. Learn about their project and results in this webinar. If you would like to contact them to learn more, email Stephanie at

If you'd like to view just the slides, click here.

(If you'd prefer just to view the slides without the audio, click on their names: Rebecca's and Jenn's)

Rebecca Krukowski, PhD and Jen Otten (Jan 2012)

Description: Please join us in a webinar to learn about the use and scoring of the Children's Menu Assessment (CMA) tool and how the tool is being used to track the impacts of toy giveaway legislation in California. Click here for CMA tool. Click here for scoring.

Background: The Children's Menu Assessment tool was adapted from the NEMS-R, to focus attention on restaurant children's menus. This tutorial will provide training on the use of the tool, how to score it and an example of how it is being used in the field to track the impacts of California's toy giveaway legislation - legislation prohibiting restaurants from distributing toy giveaways with meals, foods, and beverages not meeting minimal nutrition criteria.

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