After decades of increases in rates of childhood obesity, several cities and states across the country have reported that their rates have declined. So how did they do it?
You’re invited to join the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for an engaging conversation with leaders from the places showing signs of progress to learn more about what’s working — and how you can implement some of these initiatives in your own work!
“Signs of Progress: What’s Working to Reduce Childhood Obesity?” will be hosted by Voices for Healthy Kids, a new collaboration between RWJF and AHA focused on changing local, state and federal policies to help children and adolescents eat healthier foods and be more active.
The event will be moderated by Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF’s president and CEO. New York City Health Commissioner Tom Farley and Mayor Chip Johnson of Hernando, Miss., are scheduled to serve as keynote speakers.
And if you are in the D.C. area, there’s still time to register to attend the event in person!
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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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