Effective Government & Private Sector Initiatives to Address Childhood Obesity

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09:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET

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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.


William H. Dietz

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sandra G. Hassink

A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children; American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors

Victoria W. Rogers

Maine Medical Center

Harvinder Sareen

Wellpoint, Inc.

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Federal & State:

Foundations and Nonprofit Resources:


  • Childhood Obesity: The Role of Health Policy. Report to the Second National Childhood Obesity Congress, Miami, FL, 2008. From NICHQ & the Child Policy Research Center
  • Let’s Go! Initiative, a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 communities in the state of Maine. Includes resources for schools, after school programs, child care providers, community based programs, healthcare professionals, employers and parents.
  • The Partnership for a Healthier America. As partner to the Let’s Move campaign, the Partnership for a Healthier America is linking and mobilizing the private sector, foundations, thought leaders, media and local communities to action and further the goals of curbing childhood obesity.

Private Sector:

Recent Research:

  • Health Affairs: The March 2010 issue of Health Affairs describes the root causes of obesity in children and offers prescriptions for a healthier future. Topics include the state of childhood obesity in America, the role of agriculture policy and food marketing and distribution in reducing childhood obesity, fighting obesity in schools, lessons from states and localities, the effects of environments on childhood obesity, and the impact of childhood obesity on employers.
  • National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research webpage. A collaborative of leading research funders addressing the problem of childhood obesity in America.
  • Obesity in Children, Information from MedLine Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine at the NIH.

Highlight: Physical Activity & Safety:

  • AAP’s* 2010 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet.
  • CDCSports Injuries page: includes fact sheets and prevention tips.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Child Safety page. Introduces “Kidd Safety” and a variety of publications and interactive games for children to prevent unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products.
  • Safe Kids USA webpage. A nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury.

NIHCM Publications on Childhood Obesity:

* Denotes Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) Partner. AIM is a collaborative of national membership organizations and MCHB.

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