Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity requires public policy approaches that promote healthy eating and active living. Efficient and effective policies require strategic networks that involve those who are professionally engaged with policy development, implementation and enforcement. The purpose of this project is for the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network for Childhood Obesity Prevention to support policy innovation and implementation by empowering advocates, decision makers and interested communities with expert technical assistance resources. The Network also will provide assistance to those attempting to address the childhood obesity epidemic nationally through legal and policy means. The Network will not provide specific legal counsel, but will provide specific advice and assistance in matters such as: (1) research related to important legal issues to consider in making policy change, (2) identifying best practices around the country, and (3) creating practical, accessible resources for attorneys as well as public health and community representatives in jurisdictions contemplating changes. This project follows a planning grant awarded to the Public Health Institute. As with RWJF's work in tobacco control, the Network will bring experienced counsel from nationally prominent legal and public health scholars and practitioners to local and state policy efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.
Amount Awarded $3,323,075.00
Awarded on: 8/2/2007
Time frame: 8/15/2007 - 9/30/2008
Grant Number: 61206