One of the great services we offer at PreventObesity.net are free webinars designed to both educate Leaders and highlight the amazing work so many of you are doing in the field.
On past webinars, we’ve featured Leaders talking about joint use agreements, the impact of social media, obesity in the Latino community and most recently, collaborating with others to improve community health.
But we know the best webinar ideas come from PreventObesity.net Leaders.
Do you have an idea for a webinar? Or is there an issue affecting the childhood obesity movement that you would like to discuss with other Leaders? If so, we’d love to work with you to put on a webinar. Contact our customer relations manager Zach Brooks to get the conversation started.
In related webinar news, our friends at Leadership for Healthy Communities are hosting a July 31 webinar providing an overview of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs).
Used to examine the potential health impacts of a policy, project or plan, HIAs are a unique form of resource that looks for participation and input from a variety of stakeholders. They tend to focus on health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable populations.
In the webinar, presenters will share examples of HIAs for proposed policies and projects that focus on healthy eating and active living. They also will offer strategies to advance policy and share advice for creating programmatic and system changes to ensure healthier food and physical activity are accessible in all states through HIAs.
Scheduled presenters include Bethany Rogerson, a senior associate at the Health Impact Project; Julia Pekarsky Schneider, director of Chronic Disease Prevention Policy at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; and Megan Lott, senior associate at the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project.
Editor’s note: Leadership for Healthy Communities is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). PreventObesity.net is a project of RWJF.
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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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