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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Healthy Communities Study: How Communities Shape Children's Health (HCS)

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: Healthy Communities Study: How Communities Shape Children's Health (HCS). Type of Information Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: The HCS will address the need for a cross-cutting national study of community programs and policies and their relationship to childhood obesity. The HCS is an observational study of communities conducted over five years that aims to (1) Determine the associations between community programs/policies and Body Mass Index (BMI), diet, and physical activity in children; and (2) identify the community, family, and child factors that modify or mediate the associations between community programs/policies and BMI, diet, and physical activity in children. A total of 279 communities and over 23,000 children and their parents will be part of the HCS over the five-year study. A HCS community is defined as a high school catchment area and the age range of children is 3-15 years upon entry into the study. The study examines quantitative and qualitative information obtained from community-based initiatives; community characteristics (e.g., school environment); measurements of children's physical activity levels and dietary practices; and children's and parents' BMIs. Results from the Healthy Communities Study may influence the future development and funding of policies and programs to reduce childhood obesity. Furthermore, HCS results will be published in scientific journals and will be used for the development of future research initiatives targeting childhood obesity. Frequency of Response: Varies by participant type from once to 2.74 times. Affected Public: Families or households; businesses, other for-profit, and non-profit. Type of Respondents: Parents, children, community key informants (who have knowledge about community programs/policies related to healthy nutrition, physical activity, and healthy weight of children), food service personnel, physical education instructors, state health department employees, and physicians or medical secretaries. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated number of respondents: 247,619; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.1; Average (Annual) Burden Hours per Response: 0.12; and Estimated Total Burden Hours Requested: 32,958. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $213,764.58. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

Type of respondentsEstimated number of respondents *Estimated number of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseEstimated total annual burden hours requested *
Parents (screening)169,65010.179,614
Second Parents10,17910.12407
Parents who refuse to participate2,41010.17137
Key Informants (screening)4,82010.08129
Key Informants3,6152.740.852,806
Food Service Personnel96410.42135
Physical Education Instructors96410.2580
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State Health Department employees5010.305
Physicians/medical secretaries14,25110.17808
* Estimated for first three years of the five-year study.

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments contact: Dr. Sonia Arteaga, NIH, NHLBI, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7936, Bethesda, MD 20892-7936, or call non-toll free number (301) 435-0377 or E-mail your request, including your address to:

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Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: June 7, 2011.

Suzanne Freeman,

NHLBI Project Clearance Liaison, National Institutes of Health.

Michael S. Lauer,

Director, DCVS, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 2011-15021 Filed 6-16-11; 8:45 am]