The epidemic of obesity in the United States is finally gaining the national attention it deserves, but reducing overweight and obesity is an unusually complex challenge for practitioners and advocates.
There are a multitude of dimensions that contribute to today’s obesity rates–ranging from disparities in access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities, to targeted marketing practices. Fast food restaurants alone spend $520 million in marketing to children–incentivizing the sale of 1.2 billion meals with toys to children. These powerful social and economic drivers can discourage some people and organizations from making changes to the status quo.
To counter these dominant forces, informed parents, clinicians, community members, policy-makers, and others need a strategic plan to advocate for health promoting policies and environments.
- 1. The Value of Leadership Development
- 2. The Value of Regional-Level Work
- 3. Jammin' Minute
- 4. Naperville High School
- 5. Opportunity Link's North Central Montana Transit Initiative
- 6. Safe Routes to School at Maybury Elementary School in Detroit
- 7. Youth Advocacy
- 8. Advocacy to Reverse Childhood Obesity
- 9. Resource List for Childhood Obesity Advocacy
- 10. Advocacy Resource Guide
- 11. Community Engagement Resource Guide: Why Use it?
- 12. Community Engagement Resource Guide
- 13. Community Engagement Resource List
- 14. Keeping Kids Moving
- 15. Keeping Kids Moving: How Equitable Transportation Policy Can Prevent Childhood Obesity - What It Is
- 16. Making Schools the Model for Healthier Environments Toolkit
- 17. Making Schools the Model for Healthier Environments Toolkit
- 18. Making Schools the Model for Healthier Environments Toolkit: General School Nutrition Resources
- 19. Making the Grade
- 20. Making the Grade: Reversing Childhood Obesity in School Districts Toolkit - What Is It?
- 21. Making the Grade