Turning Research into Action to Reverse the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

An introduction to the complete message from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.

    • May 28, 2009

Two years ago, the Foundation announced it would commit $500 million to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. It’s one of our most ambitious goals ever—and one of our most important.

During the past year, we’ve made significant strides in identifying the strategies most likely to yield success. Working with many strong partners, we’re putting that knowledge into action, launching exciting new programs that I believe will result in happier, healthier and more productive lives for young people across the nation—especially those who live in communities where the risk for obesity is high and resources are few.

This “anniversary” date is a natural time for me to share some of our key accomplishments over the past year, along with our vision for the future. I also want to talk candidly about the challenges presented by the deep economic downturn our nation is enduring. There’s no doubt the recession makes our job tougher, but it also makes success more important.

Despite the difficulty of the task ahead, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation remains committed to our goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. And thanks to the equally unwavering commitment of thousands of partners working together in this national movement, I know we’ll succeed.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A. President and CEO