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

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Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institutes of Health has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2012, Pages 71426-71427 allowed 60-days for public comment. Two (2) comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Proposed Collection

Title: Healthy Communities Study: How Communities Shape Children's Health (HCS). Type of Information Collection Request: Revision—OMB# Start Printed Page 133510925-0649. 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 that aims to (1) determine the associations between community programs/policies and body mass index (BMI), diet, and physical activity for children; (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; and (3) assess the associations between programs/policies and BMI, diet and physical activity in children in communities that have a high proportion of African American, Latino, and/or low-income residents. A total of 264 communities and over 21,000 elementary and middle school children and their parents will be part of this study. A HCS community is defined as a high school catchment area. 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: One time. 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 nutrition, physical activity, and weight of children), food service personnel, physical education instructors, school liaisons, and physicians or medical secretaries. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated number of respondents: 69,010; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; and Estimated Total Burden Hours Requested: 29,657. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $381,841.

There are no capital, operating, or maintenance costs to report.

Type of respondentsEstimated number of respondentsEstimated number of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Estimated total annual burden hours requested
Parents (screening)39,600110/606,732
Second Parents3,56417/60428
Parents who refuse to participate880110/60150
Key Informants (screening)3,52015/60282
Key Informants1,05612.252,376
Food Service Personnel35215/6028
District Food Service Administrator/Manager88130/6044
Physical Education Instructors352115/6088
School Liaisons352125/60148
Physicians/medical secretaries4,990110/60848

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 Email your request, including your address to:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: February 19, 2013.

Lynn Susulske,

NHLBI Project Clearance Liaison, National Institutes of Health.

Michael S. Lauer,

Director, DCVS, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 2013-04528 Filed 2-26-13; 8:45 am]