We created PreventObesity.net to connect folks making changes to policies and environments to reverse childhood obesity. One of the ways we do this is through Inside Track email newsletters, where we publish news, interviews and profile features about Leaders in the PreventObesity.net network.
For the last few years, Zach Brooks has been connecting with Leaders to produce the Gimme Five feature where we introduce Leaders with five questions about their work and their passion for reducing childhood obesity. We find this is a great way to quickly and easily share your story.
Starting next week, Prarthana Gurung will be managing the weekly Gimme Five feature and she wants to hear from you. If you have a story you would like us to share with the 3,500 other Leaders, we want to highlight you in an upcoming Gimme Five.
If you haven’t yet been featured in the Inside Track let us know.
Are you working on a new event, service or campaign? Now would be a great time to be in the Gimme Five.
You can email Prarthana here and she will follow back up with the Gimme Five form. Once you return that completed form with a headshot photo attached, the PreventObesity.net team will schedule your interview for an upcoming newsletter. We can’t wait to hear your story!
*Note: The Gimme Five is only available to registered PreventObesity.net Leaders. Not yet a Leader? You can apply here.
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Leaders are people who are actively working - either professionally or as volunteers - to change policies and environments to help children eat better and be more active. We use the following criteria to evaluate whether to approve an applicant for Leader status with the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center.
Do you meet the criteria below? If so, register as a Leader here. There is no cost to be a Leader.
At least one item must be checked within each of the following two categories:
1. Applicant is focused on changing policies and environments
They are working on one of Voices for Healthy Kid's six issue areas:
Ensure foods and beverages in schools meet dietary guidelines
Expand community access to high quality food
Expand physical activity programs in and out of school
Improve built environment in communities to increase physical activity
Use pricing strategies to promote purchase of healthier foods
Use regulation/policy to reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing
They are working on other obesity-related issues, such as:
Their primary focus is working on individual behavior (e.g., teaching kids about food, play, etc.), but they have access to organizations that could provide opportunities to change environments, such as
Public Health Agencies
Their project is commercial, but contributes positively to changing policies and environments, such as:
2. Applicant is organizing others or contributing to organizing efforts
They are organizing others by:
Providing volunteer opportunities
Building contact lists of supporters to engage in advocacy
They provide support to organizations or leaders doing work changing policies and environments, such as:
They are a leader in a governmental body that may be the target of organizing efforts to change policies and environments, such as a:
Federal or state agency
Mayor or other local executive office
Federal, state, county or local public health department
Federal, state, county or transportation department
Federal, state or local education agency or school board
If the applicant claims to work for an organization, at least one item must be checked below:
3. Applicant works for an organization:
Has an email address that matches the domain of the organization they list
Is listed on the organization website as staff
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