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 Healthy Weight

Obesity rates have risen sharply in the U.S. over the past 30 years, and currently, nearly one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.[1] Obesity can have serious physical, psychological and social consequences for adults and children. For example, obese children and adolescents are developing "adult" diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and are at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer and other serious chronic conditions.[2]  Obese children and adolescents are also more likely to become obese as adults.[3]  Additionally, obesity can cause problems during pregnancy or make it more difficult for a woman to become pregnant.[4]  AMCHP is working to support its members and partners in coordinated efforts to prevent and decrease obesity and help children, women and families maintain healthy weights and nutrition.

Promoting Healthy Weight in Title V      

AMCHP supports Title V programs as they implement programs to promote healthy weight and nutrition, including strategies related to breastfeeding and physical activity. 

Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN

The Children's Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is a quality improvement collaborative to promote nutrition, physical activity and breastfeeding in Title V Programs. The aim of the CoIIN is to facilitate the development, implementation and / or integration of evidence informed policies and practices to support State Title V programs to improve health behaviors related to breastfeeding, physical activity and nutrition for children, adolescents and young adults, 0-21 years of age, including those with special health care needs by August 2019. The CoIIN is led by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists and its key partners including AMCHP, the National Physical Activity Society, United States Breastfeeding Committee and Young Invincibles.

Coming Soon: Healthy Weight Resource Center

As part of the Healthy Weight CoIIN, a Healthy Weight Resource Center will be available on this website. This resource and technical assistance center will help states adopt evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies in the breastfeeding and physical activity Title V National Performance Measures and adopt nutrition strategies in other National Performance Measures. Stay tuned for more updates!
Browse the current resources to support evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies in breastfeeding, physical activity and nutrition below:

AMCHP Publications on Healthy Weight

  • Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V (April 2013)
    With support from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), AMCHP developed this issue brief to address the important role Title V programs play in providing leadership for, developing, and implementing comprehensive programs and systems that address healthy weight, nutrition, and physical activity for women, children, infants and families. This publication highlights how state Title V MCH programs are working to promote healthy weight in their states and communities by presenting an environmental scan of Title V activities and snapshots of several comprehensive state efforts. Click here to download the issue brief.
  • AMCHP/NICHQ Webinar: Promoting Healthy Weight in MCH Populations (April 2013)
    The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is a long-recognized public health issue that has serious health and economic consequences, especially for children and families. This webinar, co-hosted by AMCHP and NICHQ, highlighted how states and communities are working to promote healthy weight for children, women and families. Presentations provided of state Title V program efforts to address healthy weight, and examples from the Collaborate for Healthy Weight initiative to address obesity at the community level. Click here to download the recording and slides.
  • Using Evidence to Inform Efforts to Confront Childhood Obesity (July 2012) 
    AMCHP and CDC hosted a national webinar, "Using Evidence to Inform Efforts to Confront Childhood Obesity." This webinar included an introduction to the Community Guide and highlighted a specific state example for using evidence based interventions to address childhood obesity. Click here to download the webinar recording and slides.       
    • Download the issue brief on "Using the Community Guide to Improve Childhood Obesity Prevention Efforts"

Additional Resources


Staff Contact

Kate Taft, Associate Director, Child & Adolescent Health

[1] Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Curtin LR, Lamb MM, Flegal KM. Prevalence of high body mass index in US children and adolescents, 2007-2008. JAMA. 2010;303(3):242-249.
[2] Freedman DS, Mei Z, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS, Dietz WH. Cardiovascular risk factors and excess adiposity among overweight children and adolescents: the Bogalusa Heart Study. J Pediatr. 2007 Jan;150(1):12–17.e2.
[3] Whitaker RC, Wright JA, Pepe MS, Seidel KD, Dietz WH. Predicting obesity in young adulthood from childhood and parental obesity. N Engl J Med 1997; 37(13):869–873.
[4] CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. CDC Vital Signs: Adult Obesity. August 2010. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/pdf/2010-08-vitalsigns.pdf.