Effective Government & Private Sector Initiatives to Address Childhood Obesity
Time & Location
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
Federal & State:
- Adolescent & Childhood Obesity. Resources from USDA Food & Nutrition Information Center.
- Resources from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
- Childhood Overweight and Obesity State Trends, National Conference of State Legislators.*
- Healthier Kids, Brighter Futures: the official website of the first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, September 2010.
- Let’s Move Campaign, started by First Lady Michelle Obama.
- See also the homepage of the Partnership for a Healthier America.
- Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation, White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President, May 2010.
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents.
Foundations and Nonprofit Resources:
- American Academy of Pediatrics* (AAP) Childhood Obesity page. Includes resources for pediatricians, families, and information about AAP’s commitment to the White House Obesity Initiative.
- Back to the Beginning: Obesity Prevention in Early Childhood. Issue Focus. May 17, 2010. Grantmakers in Health.*
- Childhood Obesity Resources, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
- The RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity is presently putting on a webinar series, “Keeping Kids Moving: How Equitable Transportation Can Reverse Childhood Obesity."
- F as in Fat 2010: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future, July 2010.
- F as in Fat 2009: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, July 2009. Both reports are from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).
- Knowledge Paths from the MCH Library* at Georgetown University:
- National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ):
- Shaping a Healthier Generation: Healthy Kids, Healthy America State Profiles of Progress. March 2010. A report detailing state initiatives from the National Governor’s Association.*
- Shaping America’s Youth webpage. A national nonprofit organizing an initiative to centralize all efforts to reverse the rising prevalence of overweight and inactivity in children.
- Tipping the Scale: Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing Childhood Obesity, Insight, Summer 2010. From Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families* (Introduction available for free download. Full copies free to members and available for purchase by non-members).
- 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.
- Childhood Obesity: It’s Everyone’s Business. A Toolkit for employers from the National Business Group on Health.*
- Commitment to the Next Generation of Healthy Americans. BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA). June 2010.
- Good Health Club Physician Toolkit. From BCBSA, developed in consultation with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).*
- KICK! Kids in Charge of Kalories Program website. A program for Anthem members to teach parents how to keep their kids healthy and in shape.
- 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:
- Prevention of Adult Cardiovascular Disease Among Adolescents: Focusing on Risk Factor Reduction, Arik V. Marcell, MC, MPH, The Johns Hopkins University; Marc S. Jacobson, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Nancy M. Copperman, MS, RD, CDN, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System; Jonathan D. Klein, MD, MPH, University of Rochester School of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B. Richmond Center; and Karthryn L. Santoro, MA and Hafiza Pirani, MHS, NIHCM Foundation. August 2008.
- Tackling Childhood Obesity Through Public-Private Collaboration, NIHCM Foundaiton, April 2006.
- Childhood Obesity–Advancing Effective Prevention and Treatment: An Overview for Health Professionals, Debra Kibbe and Richard Offner, ILSI Center for Health Promotion, April 2003.
- In collaboration with Drs. William Dietz and Howell Wechsler at CDC, NIHCM Foundation published a Health Affairs article titled "Health Plans' Role in Preventing Overweight In Children and Adolescents" (March 2007). This paper describes evidence-based behavioral-change strategies implemented by seven health plans and discusses the importance of environmental modifications to support medical setting interventions. An abstract and the full report are available via the Health Affairs website.
- In collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), NIHCM Foundation published a report titled, "Childhood Obesity: Harnessing the Power of Public and Private Partnerships" (2007). The report presents three case studies in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Tennessee of collaborative obesity prevention programs between state health agencies and health plans. In a brief breakout box, the report features a fourth case, North Carolina. North Carolina’s collaborative activities are expanded upon in a four-page supplement to the report, entitled A Comprehensive Approach to Fighting Childhood Obesity: The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund.
- For earlier publications from NIHCM Foundation on childhood obesity, please visit:http://nihcm.org/publications/obesity.
* Denotes Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) Partner. AIM is a collaborative of national membership organizations and MCHB.