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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obesity and Overweight Information

The CDC web site contains data, science-based strategies, policy guidance, and information about national, state, and local programs to address child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Resources and initiatives include.

Dietary Guidelines 2005
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for federal food and nutrition education programs.

Healthy People 2010 is the prevention agenda for the nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. It can be used by many different people, states, communities, professional organizations, and others to help them develop programs to improve health. Resources include:

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- Institute of Medicine

http://www.iom.edu/CMS/3788/51730.aspx
The Institute of Medicine established the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention in 2008. The committee brings together experience from government, academia, and the corporate sectors.  The committee will serve as a focal point for national and state-level policy discussions about obesity prevention among leaders and experts in this field, in government, and from other related disciplines.  It will also guide the selection and refinement of focused topics on obesity prevention to be examined through workshops and studies conducted by separately appointed ad hoc committees. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the sponsor for the Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention.

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- Maternal and Child Health Library's Obesity Knowledge Path

http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_overweight.html
This knowledge path has been compiled by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University. It offers a selection of current, high-quality resources about the prevention, identification, management, and treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in homes, schools, and communities.

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- National Steps to a Healthier US Summit, Prevention: A Blueprint for Action

US Department of Health and Human Services "Prevention: A Blueprint for Action"

On June 20, 2002, President George W. Bush announced his HealthierUS Initiative, calling on government officials, business leaders, communities, health care providers, churches, and civic organizations, to come together as partners in helping Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives.   HealthierUS identifies four key health protection objectives for a healthier America:  increased physical activity; responsible dietary habits; increased use of preventive health screenings; and healthy choices concerning alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and safety.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took up the President's challenge and Secretary Thompson launched Steps to a HealthierUS, a bold initiative that mobilizes the resources of HHS in collaboration with outside organizations to promote healthy habits and chronic disease prevention.  Prevention: A Blueprint for Action, the latest activity in the HHS Steps Initiative, outlines simple steps that individuals and interested groups can take to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage healthy behavior.

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- National Institutes of Health
- Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity
     in Adults.

Click here for the Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in cooperation with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive, and Kidney Diseases, released the first federal guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity. About 97 million adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity and overweight substantially increase the risk of morbidity from hypertension; dyslipidemia; Type 2 diabetes; coronary heart disease; stroke; gallbladder disease; osteoarthritis; sleep apnea and respiratory problems; and endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Higher body weights are also associated with increases in all-cause mortality.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI) Hearts N' Parks is a national, community-based program supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Recreation and Park Association. It is designed to help park and recreation agencies encourage heart-healthy lifestyles in their community.

Obesity Education Initiative is to help reduce the prevalence of overweight along with the prevalence of physical inactivity in order to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and overall morbidity and mortality from coronary heart disease. In addition, reducing the prevalence of overweight will help reduce the prevalence and severity of sleep apnea. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health launched the Obesity Education Initiative in January 1991.

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- Surgeon General's Call to Action

The Surgeon General's Call To Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity is committed to five overarching principles: Promote the recognition of overweight and obesity as major public health problems; assist Americans in balancing healthful eating with regular physical activity to achieve and maintain a healthy or healthier body weight; identify effective and culturally appropriate interventions to prevent and treat overweight and obesity; encourage environmental changes that help prevent overweight and obesity; and develop and enhance public-private partnerships to help implement this vision.

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- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration site provides tools for consumers to use to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, as well as information about FDA's recently announced program to combat obesity. Special information addresses the important issue of childhood obesity. The site also serves as a gateway to information on obesity and weight loss from other government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food and Nutrition Site
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?navtype=SU&navid=FOOD_NUTRITION
A compilation of nutrition resources available from the USDA:

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- World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) is adopting a broad-ranging approach and has begun to formulate a Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, under a May 2002 mandate from the World Health Assembly. This population-wide, prevention-based strategy is being developed through extensive consultation and was presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2004.

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American Academy of Pediatrics related links

To learn more about what the Academy is doing for obesity prevention, assessment, and treatment visit: What is AAP doing? Tab.  Additional helpful links are provided below:

AAP Policy Site (http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/) AAP Policy brings together policy documents from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Policy Statements, Clinical Reports, Technical Reports, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Parent Pages, Endorsed Statements, and Affirmed Guidelines are in one convenient location.

Related Academy Section/Council/Committee Web sites

AAP Division of State Government Affairs
AAP Division of State Government Affairs is tasked with providing assistance to AAP chapters as they advocate for children. The Division offers resources for advocates on vital children's health issues like Medicaid, injury and violence prevention, immunizations, and many others. Advocacy materials produced by the Division cover the legislative, research, and strategic dimensions of an issue.

AAP Department of Federal Affairs
The Department of Federal Affairs has been the Academy's link to federal legislative activities in Washington, DC, for more than 30 years. Pediatricians with the drive to make a difference in child and adolescent health through Congress and/or federal agencies are given the information and tools necessary to become effective child advocates, from offering testimony to meeting with a representative or senator. Access to health care for all children, immunizations, children with disabilities, injury prevention, and Medicaid are only a few of the topics on the AAP agenda.
Resources at the Member Center (for AAP Members Only), The Division of State Government Affairs assembles resources to help pediatricians become a more effective advocate in the statehouse and the Department of Federal Affairs provides resources to be a more effective advocate at the national level.

AAP's Community Pediatrics
http://www.aap.org/commpeds/
The Academy's Web site for community pediatrics resources and information. 

AAP Chapters and Districts
http://www.aap.org/member/chapters/chapserv.htm
Visit this Web site for a complete list of Academy chapter and district contact information and links.

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Health professionals

Please visit the What Health Professionals Can Do portal for more information about what you can do in your office.  Some additional resources are provided below.

2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - A Toolkit for Professionals
http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/toolkit/default.htm
A compilation of resources that may assist health education experts, such as doctors and nutritionists, in offering the latest science-based nutrition and physical activity recommendations to the public. This toolkit was developed by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

My Pyramid for Professionals
http://www.mypyramid.gov/professionals/index.html
My Pyramid is an education campaign about the USDA food guidelines. This page provides resources designed for health professionals.

California Medical Association Foundation's Obesity Prevention Project Toolkits http://www.calmedfoundation.org/projects/obesityProject.aspx
The California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) and the California Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) released three toolkits developed to address obesity and overweight and to encourage physicians to discuss healthier lifestyles with their patients. These three toolkits are designed for adults, children and adolescents, and pre/post bariatric surgery patients. The toolkits are the result of collaboration of health plans, academia, and public health entities to address California's obesity epidemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Childhood Overweight

This Web site provides information about childhood overweight, including how overweight is defined for children, the prevalence of overweight, the factors associated with overweight, and the related health consequences.

About BMI for Children and Teens
This site explains Body Mass Index (BMI) and helps you calculate it.

The CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity is pleased to announce the launch of the new searchable Inventory of Qualitative Research in Nutrition and Physical Activity. The site provides basic information about qualitative studies that have been conducted in the fields of nutrition, physical activity, and other related fields. The inventory allows users to search for information using search fields, entering keywords, or searching the entire database. No registration or password is required. The Inventory was developed to highlight research that may not be widely known or published in peer-reviewed journals. Each entry includes information about the research topic and methods as well as a contact person that is willing to discuss the research and share any available documents. There are no reports or documents attached to the Inventory.

Eat Smart Move More, North Carolina - Pediatric Clinical Obesity Tools http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/programs_tools/PediatricObesityTools.html
This package of clinical tools is the result of a collaborative effort among health care professionals, public health professionals, and researchers. The Pediatric Obesity Clinician Reference Guide was developed by a committee of North Carolina physicians, with input from a larger expert panel of North Carolina clinicians, and was reviewed by health care professionals, public health professionals and researchers. It is based on the recommendations of the Expert Committee convened by the American Medical Association, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Service Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in Pediatrics in December 2007. To complement the Pediatric Obesity Clinician Reference Guide, several other tools are provided: color-coded BMI charts, blood pressure tables, and prescription pads for promoting simple healthy messages for patients and their families.

National Intiative For Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) - The Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN)
http://www.nichq.org/NICHQ/Programs/ConferencesAndTraining/ChildhoodObesityActionNetwork.htm
The Childhood Obesity Action Network is a Web-based national network aimed at rapidly sharing knowledge, successful practices and innovation by: mobilizing and inspiring health care providers to accelerate improvements in care and advocate for change; partnering with a broad constituency of health professionals, quality improvement leaders, childhood obesity experts and child health advocates; designing and disseminating policy interventions that will enhance the ability of the healthcare system to address the obesity challenge, providing tools and technical assistance to improve clinical care, focusing on strategies to reduce health disparities and provide culturally effective care for all families; and committing to evaluating, learning and sharing evidence-informed strategies.

Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound
http://www.healthyohioprogram.org/healthylife/nutri2/nutrikids2/ounce.aspx
The Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound toolkit was introduced in 2007.  In 2010 the Birth--6 years materials were revised and the kit was expanded to include ages 7--18 years. The Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound toolkit was developed to address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity through prevention. By providing the nutrition and physical activity messages and routinely reviewing the child's height and weight, it is hoped that many cases of childhood obesity will be prevented. It is important for this messaging to begin at birth during well-child visits or other health-care provider appointments, i.e., WIC Program, Child and Family Health Services, HeadStart, daycare, after-school programs, etc., since a child's eating habits are formed by the time they are 2 years old.

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Family

Please visit the What Families Can Do portal for more information about what you can do in your home.  Some additional resources are provided below.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
BAM (Body and Mind) is brought to you by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). BAM! was created to answer kids' questions on health issues and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer. BAM! also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive activities to support their health and science curricula.

Fruits and Veggies Matter  (http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/) this site helps you find ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.

Childhood Overweight
This Web site provides information about childhood overweight, including how overweight is defined for children, the prevalence of overweight, the factors associated with overweight, and the related health consequences.

About BMI for Children and Teens

This site explains Body Mass Index (BMI) and helps you calculate it.

Tips for Parents - Ideas and Tips to Help Prevent Childhood Overweight

As parents or other concerned adults, you may also ask: What steps can we take to help prevent obesity in our children? This page provides answers to some of the questions you may have and provides you with resources to help you keep your family healthy.

Girlshealth
This site was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women.

Texas Pediatric Society Parent Resources on Obesity

The Texas Pediatric Society, the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, developed a number of fact sheets for parents around healthy eating and physical activity. 

We Can!™ 
"Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition" is a national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on three important behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time. For more information visit We Can!™ Resources for Parents and the Public.

United States Department of Agriculture - My Pyramid
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Schools

Please visit the Partner with the Community portal for more information about what you can do in schools.  Some additional resources are provided below.


Actions for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes in schools. At work in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to improve children's nutrition and increase physical activity, which will in turn improve their readiness to learn.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation - Healthy Schools Program
http://www.healthiergeneration.org/schools.aspx
Any school in the United States can join the Healthy Schools Program and make a difference in the lives of students. We know each school is unique and faces different challenges so our support is customized and offers these benefits to propel each school to a healthier environment:

AAP Council on School Health
http://www.aap.org/sections/schoolhealth/
This Web site is primarily for clinicians with an interest in school health, whether as a practicing clinician involved in the intersection of health and education or as a school consultant responsible for school or district school health issues. The site is intended to provide technical assistance and relevant resources to support this interest. 

Call to Action: Healthy School Nutrition Environments: The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dietetic Association, National Hispanic Association, National Medical Association, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) call on schools and communities to recognize the health and educational benefits of healthy eating and the importance of making it a priority in every school. At the same time, the associations are encouraging their members to provide leadership in helping schools promote healthy eating for our Nation's children. Establishment of local policies that create a supportive nutrition environment in schools will provide students with the skills, opportunities, and encouragement they need to adopt healthy eating patterns. Ten keys have been developed to assist each school community in writing a prescription for change. Download and print the Call to Action, below, and begin promoting healthy eating behaviors in your own school community.

CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH): Childhood Overweight
Contains data, science-based strategies, policy guidance, and information about national, state, and local programs to address child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Resources and initiatives include

  • Healthy Schools Healthy Youth
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Web site for Healthy Schools Healthy Youth. The specific section of the site devoted to obesity can be found at:
    Healthy Schools Healthy Youth – Childhood Overweight

  • Make a Difference at Your School Key Strategies to Prevent Obesity
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviews scientific evidence to determine which school-based policies and practices are most likely to improve key health behaviors among young people, including physical activity and healthy eating. Based on these reviews, CDC has identified 10 strategies to help schools prevent obesity by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. CDC and its partners have developed user-friendly tools that help schools
  • Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention produced "Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools" to describe the purpose of school-based BMI surveillance and screening programs, examine current practices, and review research on BMI measurement programs. The article summarizes the recommendations of experts, identifies concerns surrounding programs, and outlines needs for future research.
  • The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
    PECAT will help school districts conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of written physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. The PECAT is customizable to include local standards. The results from the analysis can help school districts enhance existing curricula, develop their own curricula, or select a published curriculum, for the delivery of quality physical education in schools.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Fact Sheets for Healthier School Meals
Developed for school foodservice professionals, these Fact Sheets offer strategies for purchasing, preparing, and serving meals consistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Farm to School
http://www.farmtoschool.org/
Farm to School programs are popping up all over the U.S. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Curriculum Supplement for Middle School -The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity for Grades 7-8.  
Explore
the scientific principles of energy balance within the body (energy in versus energy out) and their impact on human health.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
http://nrckids.org/

United States Department of Agriculture

  • MyPyramid for Classrooms
    http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/mypyramidclassroom.html
    Educational materials developed at the elementary school level to help children learn the MyPyramid food guidance system. Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).          
  • Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ for Educator
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardeducators/  provides practical tools to help you motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active. Messages and materials are fun and based on MyPyramid and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Wellness Policy Fact Sheet
The AAP is encouraging pediatricians to get involved with shaping school district local wellness policies. For more information please visit the Wellness Policy PDF fact sheet.

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Community & State

Please visit the Partner with the community portal for more information about what you can do in your state.  Some additional resources are provided below.

State Information and Initiatives
AAP Division of State Government Affairs
AAP Division of State Government Affairs is tasked with providing assistance to AAP chapters as they advocate for children. The Division offers resources for advocates on vital children's health issues like Medicaid, injury and violence prevention, immunizations, and many others. Advocacy materials produced by the Division cover the legislative, research, and strategic dimensions of an issue.

AAP's Community Pediatrics State Resource Map
http://www.aap.org/commpeds/state_resources/index.html
A state-by-state list of Community Foundations and Foundation Center Information, CATCH Facilitator, AAP Chapter Office, State Medicaid Director, MCH Regional Program Director, Child Care Health and Safety Contact, Title V Director(s), and SCHIP Contact.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) State Specific Resources
  • CDC's State-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/state_programs/index.htm
    Created in 1999, the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program (NPAO) currently works with 23 states to build lasting and comprehensive efforts to address obesity and other chronic diseases through a variety of nutrition and physical activity strategies.
  • The Burden of Chronic Diseases and Their Risk Factors (National and State Perspectives) a document that provides updated information on the prevalence of selected chronic diseases and their risk factors in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • CDC State-Based Programs The Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases is designed to help states prevent obesity and other chronic diseases by addressing two closely related factors — poor nutrition and inadequate physical activity.
Henry Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 500 health topics and is linked to both the Kaiser Family Foundation Web site and KaiserNetwork.org.

Action for Healthy Kids State Teams  Active in every state and the District of Columbia, Action for Healthy Kids' 51 Teams have created an extensive national grassroots infrastructure through which we take action. In 2007, for example, Action for Healthy Kids Teams reached more than 71% of the nation's school districts - representing nearly 37 million K-12 students - with outreach, support, and information related to school wellness.

National Academy for State Health Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is a forum for advancing ideas in your home state, across other states, and on Capitol Hill, and for promoting information-sharing, one-on-one and collectively. This site includes comprehensive information, research on critical state issues, informative publications, meetings, and seminars.

National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s, most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials.

National Initiative for Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) State Obesity Fact Sheets are now available from NICHQ's project partner, the Data Resource Center, as an interactive map.
http://childhealthdata.org/content/ObesityReportCards.aspx.
The State Fact Sheets offer information specific to your state on a variety of policy issues impacting (and being impacted by) childhood obesity such as: overall prevalence rates compared with other states, disparities and variances by race, insurance, income level, what your state is doing at the legislative level to combat childhood obesity, and what schools in your state are doing to combat childhood obesity.

Steps to a Healthier US is an initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that advances the goal of helping Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives. The Steps Cooperative Agreement Program funds 40 communities nationwide to implement school and other community-based programs that address obesity, diabetes, and asthma, as well as their related risk behaviors: physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.

State Legislation Searchable Database  The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at CDC's state legislation searchable database. The database allows users to search for state bills from 2001 to present related to nutrition and/or physical activity. Users are asked to pick either nutrition or physical activity on the first page or they may select the either option for the whole database. Users can use search fields, enter keywords, or search the entire database. There are no required search fields, so if the user simply hits "search" they will be able to access all bills in that subject area. This database is available to the general public and no registration or password is required. This database was created after requests from state partners and is the first public access database of its kind. It can also be accessed on the DNPA home page, Nutrition home, Physical Activity, Home and 5 A Day Coordinators sections.

Community

American Academy of Pediatrics Community Project Search http://www.aap.org/commpeds/grantsdatabase/grantsdb.cfm
This database archives previously funded Community Pediatrics grant projects, including those funded through the CATCH Program, the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program, the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative and the Healthy People 2010 Chapter Grants.

BodyWorks
http://www.womenshealth.gov/bodyworks/
BodyWorks is a program designed to help parents and caregivers of young adolescent girls (ages 9 to 13) improve family eating and activity habits. BodyWorks was developed by the Office of Women's Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. The BodyWorks program uses a train-the-trainer model to distribute the Toolkit through community-based organizations, state health agencies, non-profit organizations, health clinics, hospitals, and health care systems. The program includes one six-hour training module for trainers and ten 90-minute weekly sessions for parents and caregivers. Programs designed for boys as well as a Spanish program are in development.

Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT)
http://www.preventioninstitute.org/sa/enact/members/index.php
ENACT is a concrete menu of strategies designed to help you improve nutrition and activity environments on a local level. These strategies have been organized into seven environments that were carefully selected for their importance in individual and community health. Each ENACT strategy presents useful information based on current research and practice and includes model policies and programs, hands-on tools, articles and other publications, and resources. The strategies are structured to be interactive so that implementation can become a reality.

Shaping Americas Youth Program Registry
http://www.shapingamericasyouth.org/Programs.aspx?page=search
The Program Registry includes information on intervention programs throughout the U.S. that are targeting physical activity and/or nutrition in young people.  This database includes all the programs that have completed the Shaping America's Youth Survey since it was initiated in November 2003, and that requested that their program be included in this registry.  The descriptive information was provided by the individual programs.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Healthy Counties Database http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=New_Technical_Assistance&Template=/cffiles/healthycounties/search.cfm  This is a tool where you can search for model policies, programs and initiatives that counties nationwide have enacted to promote wellness and help prevent childhood obesity. Find out what peer local government leaders have done to enable and encourage nutritious diets, physical activity, and healthy built and social environments

USDA Community Resource Team Nutrition
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Default.htm
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

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Partners and endorsed campaigns

Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. They have come together to fight one of our nation's leading health threats – childhood obesity. Along with their co-leader Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, the Alliance will work nationally to create awareness and real solutions for the childhood obesity epidemic.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Childhood Obesity Program
http://www.rwjf.org/childhoodobesity/index.jsp
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's goal is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by improving access to affordable, healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities across the nation.

National Initiative for Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) - The Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN). http://www.nichq.org/NICHQ/Programs/ConferencesAndTraining/ChildhoodObesityActionNetwork.htm
The Childhood Obesity Action Network is a Web-based national network aimed at rapidly sharing knowledge, successful practices, and innovation by: mobilizing and inspiring health care providers to accelerate improvements in care and advocate for change; partnering with a broad constituency of health professionals, quality improvement leaders, childhood obesity experts and child health advocates; designing and disseminating policy interventions that will enhance the ability of the healthcare system to address the obesity challenge, providing tools and technical assistance to improve clinical care, focusing on strategies to reduce health disparities and provide culturally effective care for all families; and committing to evaluating, learning, and sharing evidence-informed strategies.

Action for Healthy Kids
is a national-state initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. An outgrowth of the 2002 Healthy Schools Summit, AFHK is composed of 51 State Teams and national coordinating and resource group. AFHK fosters sharing and collaboration among diverse stakeholders to encourge and facilitate meaningful change in schools.

CDC VERB Campaign is an awareness campaign launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage positive physical activity among tweens, youth age 9-13. VERB communicates ideas for fun physical activities via television, radio, print, and the Internet as well as out-of-home outlets such as movie theaters, billboards, city buses, and in schools. (AAP-supported campaign)

Exercise is Medicine is a campaign designed to make physical activity to be considered by all healthcare providers as a vital sign in every patient visit, and that patients are effectively counseled and referred as to their physical activity and health needs, thus leading to overall improvement in the public's health and long-term reduction in healthcare cost.

NICHQ Childhood Obesity Action Network is a Web-based national network aimed at rapidly sharing knowledge, successful practices and innovation by:

  • Mobilizing and inspiring health care providers to accelerate improvements in care and advocate for change
  • Partnering with a broad constituency of health professionals, quality improvement leaders, childhood obesity experts, and child health advocates.
  • Designing and disseminating policy interventions that will enhance the ability of the healthcare system to address the obesity challenge
  • Providing tools and technical assistance to improve clinical care
  • Focusing on strategies to reduce health disparities and provide culturally effective care for all families
  • Committing to evaluating, learning, and sharing evidence-informed strategies.
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) serves as a catalyst to promote, encourage, and motivate Americans of all ages to become physically active and participate in sports.

Shaping America's Youth
works to provide the latest and most comprehensive information on programs and community efforts across the United States directed at increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in our nation's youth.

We Can!
or "Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition" is a national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on three important behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. Read more about the program.

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