Resources

Ad Council: Childhood Obesity Prevention - View public service announcements and ad campaigns regarding childhood obesity prevention.  

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Contains policy statements, program and reimbursement information, distance-learning opportunities, and other resources about overweight and obesity prevention and treatment. Recent resources include:

  • Recommendations for Prevention of Childhood Obesity (2007): This report reviews the most recent evidence regarding behavioral and practice interventions related to childhood obesity, and makes recommendations to health care providers. This report also suggests approaches for clinicians to use to encourage obesity prevention among children.
  • Assessment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity (2007): This report provides a comprehensive approach to assessment for clinicians. The discussion and recommendations are based on more than 300 studies that examine assessment tools.
  • Hot Topics: Pediatric Obesity: This online learning module presents recommendations about the prevention of childhood obesity through increased physical activity.
  • New Spin on Childhood Obesity: This online learning module focuses on pediatric overweight and obesity, with exploration of factors associated with the full range of excess weight.

American Dietetic Association (ADA): Contains food and nutrition resources on topics like healthy eating habits and weight management. The site also includes information about conferences, meetings and professional development and an online directory of nutrition professionals.

American Heart Association (AHA): Childhood Obesity: Presents scientific statements and guidelines, statistics, journal articles, program information and encyclopedia entries about overweight and obesity in children and adolescents and early onset of cardiovascular disease. Recent publications include:

American Medical Association (AMA): Obesity: Presents conference proceedings, professional-development materials, and recommendations about overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.

CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH): Childhood Overweight: Contains data, science-based strategies, policy guidance, and information about national, state, and local programs to address child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Resources and initiatives include:

·         Make a difference at your school! CDC resources can help you implement strategies to prevent obesity among children and adolescents (2008): This guide provides key strategies for schools to prevent childhood obesity.

·         Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories: Comprises an online database of schools and school districts that have implemented innovative strategies to improve the nutritional quality of foods and beverages sold outside federal meal programs. You can search the database by nutrition strategy, state and grade level.

·         School Health Index: Contains a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.

·         School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS): Presents information about this national survey conducted every six years to assess school health policies and programs at the state, district, school and classroom levels. SHPPS was most recently conducted in 2006. Downloadable fact sheets, journal articles, and state-level summaries present SHPPS results. Data files, survey documentation and archives are also available.

Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) - Schools and Childhood Overweight: Presents information about the problem of child and adolescent overweight and obesity and discusses the role of school health professionals in responding to this threat. 

Childhood Obesity - Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment: Presents an online curriculum about overweight and obesity in children and adolescents for health professionals who work with women, infants, children and adolescents. The curriculum is presented by the Leadership, Education and Training (LET) Program in Maternal and Child Nutrition at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Also see LET's Guidelines for Adolescent Nutrition Services (2005) and the chapter, Overweight Adolescent. 

Childhood Obesity Action Network (COAN): Presents meeting information and materials for this network of health professionals formed to share knowledge and successful practices to accelerate improvement in the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. 

Children's Health Fund (CHF): Presents health-education materials about nutrition, physical activity, and weight management that are available in English and Spanish and produced in accordance with low-literacy writing and design conventions. The site also offers journal articles, white papers and other academic publications on health topics that include overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. CHF is committed to providing health care to the nation's most medically underserved children and their families. 

Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC): Presents research and training information, articles, an interactive healthy eating calculator, and an electronic newsletter on nutrition topics that include overweight and obesity in children and adolescents. CNRC is a cooperative venture between the Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). 

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health - 2007 Childhood Obesity State Report Cards: This link provides a U.S. map with each state’s childhood obesity report card.  

Just for Kids!: This program helps children make changes in diet, physical activity and communication. Just for Kids! Is the nation’s leading obesity prevention and health education program for all children.  

Let’s Move! Campaign: First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. The Let’s Move! campaign takes a comprehensive approach and engages every sector impacting the health of children, providing schools, families and communities with the tools they need to help kids be more active, eat better and get healthy.  

National Farm to School Program: Presents program and funding information, news, discussion forums and publications about connecting schools with local farms to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, provide nutrition education and support local small farmers. 

Office of the Surgeon General - Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative: Visit this site to take the Surgeon General’s Pledge, and find resources and checklists for parents, schools and communities.  

Partnership for a Healthier America: This foundation serves as a partner to the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Campaign by linking and mobilizing the private sector, foundations, thought leaders, media and local communities to action and further the goals of curbing childhood obesity within a generation.  

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Childhood Obesity. Offers research and program information, data, program evaluations, project reports, and news summaries from RWJF and its grantees about preventing overweight and obesity among children and adolescents. Resources include:

·         Balance - A Report on State Action to Promote Nutrition, Increase Physical Activity and Prevent Obesity (2006): This report reviews legislative and industry efforts to stop and reverse childhood obesity, increase physical activity and improve access to healthier foods.

·         Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit - Connecting Leaders to Support Healthy Children: Presents a webcast of an October 2007 summit that brought together elected officials and other policy leaders from all levels of government to discuss innovative partnerships, promising practices and research that can support their efforts to create healthier communities. Leaders shared the policy approaches they have taken to prevent childhood obesity, improve access to affordable healthy foods, increase opportunities for safe physical activity, and improve the social environments that shape how children perceive and relate to healthy eating and active living.

·         F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America (2007): This is the fourth in a series of annual reports that examine trends in obesity rates in the United States and policies to address the problem. The report also includes findings about potential strategies for dealing with obesity from two surveys. Accompanying the report is a collection of briefs containing state-specific obesity data and an update of obesity-related legislative action in states. 

USDA - Team Nutrition: Provides schools with nutrition-education materials for children and families; technical-assistance materials for school food service directors, managers, and staff; and materials to build school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Resources and initiatives include:

  • CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services - Obesity: Contains information about a systematic review of the effectiveness of school-based interventions to promote healthy growth and development in children and adolescents.
  • Action for Healthy Kids: Offers tools and resources for policymakers, educators, and researchers to help support positive changes with nutrition and physical activity in the school environment to address the problem of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Composed of 51 state teams and a national coordinating and resource group, this nationwide initiative receives guidance and direction from more than 50 national organizations and government agencies representing education, health, nutrition, and physical activity.

 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services We Can!: Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition (We Can!) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.