Policy Tool

The Policy Opportunities Tool is designed to showcase the various policy strategies that support healthy active living for children and families. This tool is designed for healthcare professionals who have experience in advocacy and are interested in focusing their advocacy efforts on obesity prevention.

As healthcare professionals you regularly address healthy active living messages in your office with your patients and their families. This Policy Opportunities Tool identifies specific strategies to create healthier environments. As an advocate, there are many levels (i.e. practice, community, school, state, and Federal) at which you can work on positive policy change.

Use your mouse to click on the cells of the matrix to learn more about the various healthy active living policy strategies.

These strategies are recommended by the AAP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and/or the National Governor's Association (NGA).

For pediatricians who are less experienced advocates and who would like to learn about advocacy, the Academy offers multiple resources including the AAP Advocacy Guide, the AAP Online Resident Advocacy Modules, and live training opportunities.

 

 
Practice
Community
Schools
State
Federal
5

• Increased Access   to Healthy Food

• Limited Access to   Unhealthy Foods

• Point of Purchase

• Media Campaigns

• Increased Access   to Healthy Food

• Limited Access to   Unhealthy Foods

• Point of Purchase

• Media Campaigns

• Change Relative   Pricing

• Increased Access   to Healthy Food

• Limited Access to   Unhealthy Foods

• Point of Purchase

• Media Campaigns

• Change Relative   Pricing

• Increased Access   to Healthy Food

• Limited Access to   Unhealthy Foods

• Point of Purchase

• Media Campaigns

• Change Relative   Pricing

• Increased Access   to Healthy Food

• Limited Access to   Unhealthy Foods

• Point of Purchase

• Media Campaigns

• Change Relative   Pricing

2

• Restrict Screen   Time

• Restrict Screen   Time

• Restrict Screen   Time

• Restrict Screen   Time

• Restrict Screen   Time

1

• Increased access   for safe and   attractive places   for Physical   Activity

• Increase Physical   Activity

• Increased access   for safe and   attractive places   for Physical   Activity

• Increase Physical   Activity

• Increased access   for safe and   attractive places   for Physical   Activity

• Increase Physical   Activity

• Increased access   for safe and   attractive places   for Physical   Activity

• Increase Physical   Activity

• Increased access   for safe and   attractive places   for Physical   Activity

• Increase Physical   Activity

0

• Access to Healthy     Beverages

• Limit Access to   Unhealthy   Beverages

• Access to Healthy     Beverages

• Limit Access to   Unhealthy   Beverages

• Point of Purchase

• Change Relative   Price

• Media Campaigns

• Access to Healthy     Beverages

• Limit Access to   Unhealthy   Beverages

• Point of Purchase

• Change Relative     Price

• Media Campaigns

• Access to Healthy     Beverages

• Limit Access to   Unhealthy   Beverages

• Point of Purchase

• Change Relative     Price

• Media Campaigns

• Access to Healthy    Beverages

• Limit Access to   Unhealthy   Beverages

• Point of Purchase

• Change Relative     Price

• Media Campaigns

• Taxes

BF

• Breastfeeding   Friendly   Environments

• Breastfeeding   Friendly   Environments

• Breastfeeding   Friendly   Environments

• Breastfeeding   Friendly   Environments

• Breastfeeding   Friendly   Environments

BMI

• Payment

• BMI Screening

• Payment

• Payment

• BMI Screening

• Payment


  Key:
5=
Fruits and vegetables/day
2=
Less than 2 hours of screen time/day
1=
Hour of physical activity/day
0=
Sugared beverages/day
BF=
Encourage and support breastfeeding
BMI=
Body mass index screening

 



Consistent with the Be Our Voice Campaign, a program of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), in cooperation with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the California Medical Association Foundation (CMAF), and the Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and sponsored through the generous funding of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.