Childhood Obesity Prevention Actions for Local Governments

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Children and Families, Environmental Health, Food and Nutrition, Select Populations and Health Equity, Public Health, Diseases
Boards: Food and Nutrition Board, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

An ad hoc committee of the Institute of Medicine examined evidence on childhood obesity prevention efforts by local government entities, with a focus on identifying promising practices, and will develop a set of recommended practices for disseminating to local governments broadly. The audience includes mayors; county, city, or township commissioners or other officials; local health departments; local boards of health; city planners; and other relevant local commissions and public entities. This study draws from and build on relevant IOM reports, especially "Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance" and "Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?", as well as secondary sources and seminal primary sources. In carrying out its task, the committee considered the range of childhood obesity prevention efforts that have been implemented by local governments and those that have been evaluated, and from that information will compile a list of promising practices in childhood obesity prevention, noting promising strategies for addressing disparities and disproportionately-affected children and youth, identifying other public health benefits, and summarizing successful strategies for sustained funding and financing of obesity prevention initiatives. 

The committee has developed a succinct report that summarizes the range of local government efforts; identifies and describes rationale for selected promising practices; discusses other relevant public health benefits of these promising practices; and outlines a set of recommendations on priority immediate actions and practices for local governments. 

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