Effective Government & Private Sector Initiatives to Address Childhood Obesity
Nearly one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese (1). These children face immediate health consequences and are also more likely to be obese as adults. Overweight children are estimated to incur $3 billion in medical expenses on an annual basis and medical spending on obese adults was estimated to be $147 billion in 2008 (2,3).
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and the commitment to end the epidemic within a generation have brought new attention and momentum to the fight against childhood obesity. As the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity wrote in its report to the President, “multi-sectoral approaches are needed to address the many behavioral risk factors associated with obesity.” This webinar will bring together various sectors that interact with children and their parents -- including health plans, primary care providers, government leaders and community organizations -- to share innovative programs and explore multi-sectoral strategies to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
Sponsored by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and WellPoint, Inc.