Field of Work: Childhood obesity.
Problem Synopsis: In 2005, Mike Huckabee, then-governor of Arkansas, became chair of the National Governors Association (NGA). Chairs select an initiative to pursue during their one-year term, and Gov. Huckabee—who had struggled with obesity and had lost more than 100 pounds—chose to create Healthy America. The initiative sought to address obesity among adults and children by encouraging them to make healthy lifestyle choices at home, work and school. At the time, the obesity epidemic had not yetreached mainstream attention, according to NGA staff.
Synopsis of the Work: From 2005 to 2010, the NGA Center for Best Practices worked with governors to promote initiatives to combat childhood obesity. The center convened national forums to educate governors on the epidemic; provided funding to 15 states to spur innovation in addressing it; and published reports on effective policies and programs.
Key Results: In reports to governors and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Best Practices cited these results: