Exciting news on the network front: PreventObesity.net reached a major milestone on Tuesday when we officially registered our 3,000th Leader.
The news comes on the heels of our Supporter network growing to more than 200,000 people (at last count, about 212,000 folks had joined the movement).
When PreventObesity.net first launched in September 2010, we set out to create an online space where Leaders of the childhood obesity movement could get to know one another and collaborate on advocacy efforts. We also hoped to generate major grassroots support, so that those advocacy efforts would be successful.
This is an exciting time for the network. Much work remains to be done to reverse childhood obesity and provide a healthier future for our nation’s young people. However, the more of us who step up to the plate, the more successful we will be.
We are so honored to be a part of this important movement, and as always, are here to help Leaders like you achieve your goals. Please let our team know if we can be of assistance, and thank you for letting us be a part of the childhood obesity movement.
-Marty, Marie, Michelle, Elizabeth and Zach
The PreventObesity.net Team
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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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